Originally Posted by Sprinkles212
Grambysfarm, I PM'd you about the ducklings. We are in Deridder and so an hour from you. I can come down to you anytime in the evening Tuesday through Friday this week or anytime on Saturday. What day works best for you? I need to run by Sam's and let the kids eat Chik-Fil-A so we were heading to Lake Charles sometime this week anyway. We have VBS until noon all week but other than that we have no plans.
I need to go get some kiddie pools!!!!
Sprinkles, here's what I have:
These are my oldest group that hatched in March. They are about 3 months old. They are the same size as their parents now. They should be laying in another 2 - 3 months. It's a feeding frenzy! BTW, the ducks ATTACK food. Just thought I'd let you know so that you're not startled when they CHARGE at the food. I have 11 in this group but only 5 are available. I'm sure that I could pick out 3 females out of this group. Sorry about the glare.
My next group is about 4 weeks younger and are able to easily use the small kiddie pools. In fact, they are bullies around the pool and chase off my geese and smaller ducks. They have not yet completely feathered out. If you'll look at their wings you'll notice that the wing feathers are still developing. These ducks are a couple months old. I only have 5 this size. I'm not sure of their gender but I am pretty sure that if their are 3 females I should be able to pick them out.
In the next group, I have several. I think about 8. They are not yet able to get in the kiddie pools but it won't be long. They are able to drink out of the pool as long as the water doesn't go down too low. I don't know if I can determine their sex yet. I haven't spent a lot of time with them listening to see if they "quack" yet. With Peking ducks, the females do all the "talking" -- well, at least they do the loudest talking and the males have a soft quack. I think that the males are saying "yes ma'am". Sorry guys! These ducklings still have lots of white down. It'll be a few weeks yet before they get all of their feathers.
The youngest ducklings I have are only a few weeks old. I only have 3 of them and would not be able to determine their gender until they were older. The pic is kinda blurry because they were running around this morning and wouldn't keep still for a pic. They were quite happy to be let out of their cage.