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A quick question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Tderezza, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Tderezza

    Tderezza Out Of The Brooder

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    My mallards are still kind of young and I'm trying to figure out if I have the sexs right based on what little I know. 2 are proudly quacking and the other one doesn't really do anything. The same 2 quacking have orange to a darker color bill, with the other 1 yellow. Are the 2 quacking hens and the one doing nothing a drake. Can all mallards quack at first then the drakes just kind of form a whistle? There young enough I cant see any green feathers forming. I'm hoping I end up with 2 hens and a drake, but if not I can always buy a couple more. What do you all think?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    From what you write it sounds very likely you have one drake. How old are they? My girls started honking at about three weeks.
     
  3. Tderezza

    Tderezza Out Of The Brooder

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    These seem like they took so much longer to grow than my pekins but, I would like to think I got them in the first week of May.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Then they're close to two months old. I would feel pretty confident, then, that you've got two girls and a boy. Nice!
     
  5. Tderezza

    Tderezza Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. Rentrop

    Rentrop Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm pretty sure you guessed right. I just raised two mallard ducklings. They started quacking and had bills similar to yours, and they're hens!
     

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