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Hi everyone, I'm trying to figure out if anyone can determine if one of my ~6 month old Pekin ducks is a male or a female.  I'm pretty sure about one of them, but not sure about the other.  I got them both at the same time, one appears to already have his drake feather, the other one I can't tell.  Please take a moment and see if you can tell.  The duck with the light bill is a male in my opinion, not sure about the duck with the dark bill.  Thanks!

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It looks to me like the one with a light bill is a male and the darker bill is female

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Geremiah...(Rocky Mountain Gamecock and Exotic Farm)

American Games (Bantam and Standard), 5 pigeons, a Ringed Teal pair, a pair of Lion Head rabbits, and a Himalayan Buck.

 

 

"There are only two things you need in life: duct tape and WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, use the duct tape.If it doesn't move and it should, use the WD-40."

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post #3 of 15

The voice is the best way to tell males from females. I didn't hear any QUACK. Just the typical male wua wua noises. You might have 2 males. I had 2 and only one had a drake feather for a long time. I think the other one's got pulled out but did finally grow back in.

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What is a "drake feather".  We have a HUGE Pekin duck and we THINK it's a male and we also have a female Mallard!  The chick day guy said they were both Pekin's but she is definitely a Mallard and a female.  We would like to know how to tell the difference but that seems to be the million dollar question....If we go by the "quack" we would know that SHE is female (which we already know because of her coloring) and he isn't quacking at all yet....But he's HUGE and has a nice temperament.  He's almost got all of his feathers and is a little over a month old.  Any suggestions?  Sharlene

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The Risinger Family living in the beautiful Ozark's of Missouri.  Christian family, learning about homesteading AGAIN and loving our new life around here.  God bless!

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post #5 of 15

The "drake feather" is a curled feather on the tail

This is my drake, Pete

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Edited by PetesMom - 4/18/12 at 7:04pm

Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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post #6 of 15

And one looks like a male (lighter bill) and the other a female.....can't hear their "quack" though...if its loud then its a female

Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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The "drake feather" is a curled feather on the tail
This is my drake, Pete
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Seriously, can I barrow Pete for about a month, just so I can look at him... Oh and introduce him to my lovely pekin female Sketchy? Jeeze, I love him!

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1 husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 cat, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 7 turkeys, too many chickens of all ages and stages, and bunches of fish... Do you wonder why I'm nutts?

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Seriously, can I barrow Pete for about a month, just so I can look at him... Oh and introduce him to my lovely pekin female Sketchy? Jeeze, I love him!

 

If we weren't states away LOL He's my grandchampion duck :) Well WAS the idiot got into a tiff with our Muscovy and his drake feather is no more...maybe after he molts it will come back?? lol

Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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Hmm, Petesmom other then pete wanting your one duck alot... did you have any problems with him being aggressive towards any other ducks?? The two pekins i have seem to not want to socialize with anything else including me. And what bothered me is that tonight when i had them in their cages, the one hopped over the side and started going after my babies!!! And i cant have that... any suggestions as to why this may be happening.... They grew up with my already adult runners and now its all changed....

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My little feathery, webbed feet, water proof, billed babies are everything to me. 

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http://backyardducks.blogspot.com/    

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Hmm, Petesmom other then pete wanting your one duck alot... did you have any problems with him being aggressive towards any other ducks?? The two pekins i have seem to not want to socialize with anything else including me. And what bothered me is that tonight when i had them in their cages, the one hopped over the side and started going after my babies!!! And i cant have that... any suggestions as to why this may be happening.... They grew up with my already adult runners and now its all changed....

How old are the Pekins? Male or female? My guess would be a dominance or "pecking order" thing, or maybe they have the breeding season itch going on... I'm no expert, but...

1 husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 cat, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 7 turkeys, too many chickens of all ages and stages, and bunches of fish... Do you wonder why I'm nutts?

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1 husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 cat, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 7 turkeys, too many chickens of all ages and stages, and bunches of fish... Do you wonder why I'm nutts?

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