Age Suggestion

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hendrix25, May 18, 2009.

  1. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My three Cayuga ducklings are supposedly 6-7 wks old, per the seller. But I am starting to question their age, bc several of you have suggested that they are younger than what I am intending. Here are some pics one of the night i got them (April 30), and then one for each week leading up til today. Please give you thoughts on their age.

    Thanks
    Heather

    april 30th
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    week 1 with me
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    week 2 with me
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    week 3 with me (thursday 5-14)
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    today 5-18
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    you can see they are starting to feather on their wings, outer chest, and tails
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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I would say maybe 4 weeks old, and that's if you've had them inside. By 4 weeks they should be almost fully feathered, if they haven't been kept too warm. The first pics of when you got them, they looked to be about 1 week old, maybe 2.

    Looking at the pics again, I would say they were at most 1 week old when you got them.
     
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  3. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ducks myself and I would say about 4 to 5 weeks old.
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I agree with Shelley and country bum. When you got them, they do look like they were only 1 week.
     
  5. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! I am totally shocked. I was thinking they were younger than they are. The seller said that the mom has been gone for about a week, when I got them. So evidently they weren't with thier mom that long at all. Well thanks for your thoughts!
     
  6. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say they are younger...My 4 week old mallards have most of their feathers and the flight feathers are coming in now....
     
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes but small ducks (mallards) develop faster than larger ducks (Cayugas).
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    When you got them, they look to be about a week old.
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Yes but small ducks (mallards) develop faster than larger ducks (Cayugas).

    Not true, I have a 4 week old pekin duckling that is completely feathered. It all depends on how warm they are kept. If they are kept cooler, they will feather out faster.

    ETA: Mine hasn't had any heat other than room temp (when it was inside), and body heat of its week-older brooder mates since we got it at 2 days old. [​IMG]
     
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