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When do ducklings get their drake feather?

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I have two White bibbed call ducklings. They are both the same age (5 weeks), but one is bigger and has what looks to be a drake feather coming in. At what age do drake feathers normaly come in?

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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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post #2 of 6

I don't know about Call ducks. My Pekin got his curl at 16 weeks, my mallard got his curl at 9 weeks. 

Michelle

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I'm a Digital Portrait Artist, Digital/Paper Artist.10 Chickens,3 Turkeys 1 Pekin Hen, 2 Mallard Hens, 1 Magpie/runner cross Hen,1 Muscovy Drake w/ 4 Muscovy Hens,4 Pekin/Scovy ducklings.

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post #3 of 6

The timing may differ with breeds & individuals.  I noticed one of my 8-week-old Pekins is sporting a tiny curled drake feather now, but the other male isn't.  Neither do any of the Khaki Campbell drakelets who are the same age.  But I could already tell the sex of these ducklings by the sounds they make.  The girls are quacking loudly, the boys are only rasping.

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post #4 of 6

if your sexing ducks, the noise they make is better than the feathers, like its been said, girls quake, boys squeek

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STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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post #5 of 6

My calls don't get their drake curl till they're older.  Like Buck Creek said  their voice is a much better indicator at this age.

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #6 of 6

I have a black Swedish and I wanted to know when he will get his little drake feathers?

He is a male but when will he get them?

He is 7 weeks old.

Thanks!

 

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I have one female black Swedish duck, Quackers.

She is the world to me and I don't know what I would do without her.

She Not a pet, she's my best friend  She makes my life brighter

 

 

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I have one female black Swedish duck, Quackers.

She is the world to me and I don't know what I would do without her.

She Not a pet, she's my best friend  She makes my life brighter

 

 

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