Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by leah_c, May 12, 2011.

  1. leah_c

    leah_c Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter has 7 week old Rouens. Was wondering if anyone could tell if they were male or female. One does have a lighter beak than the other.

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  2. MissusDee

    MissusDee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What noise does it make? At 7 weeks that is the best way to tell. If it sounds like a loud quack, it's female, if it's raspy or a quiet whisper sound, it's male.
     
  3. Lund Poultry

    Lund Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    females!
     
  4. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Listen for the quack. My Olive looks exactly like my Olivia but after listening to them both Olive became an Oliver. They look alike as teenagers but will change when they get adult feathers. Found that out the hard way [​IMG] Oliver has a raspy sick sound and Olivia has a LOUD quack
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Just an educated guess, but I'm betting the front bird is a duck and the back bird is a drake. Bill coloration seems pretty consistent for those sexes. Don't bet the ranch on this.[​IMG]
     
  6. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wouldn't they both be females since rouen males have a green head?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The males don't get their nuptual plumage until late summer/early autumn. Even adults are now in their eclipse plumage.
     
  8. leah_c

    leah_c Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard one tonight. She was a quacking! Sure hoping that they are both females. Not sure if I'm ready for baby ducks. [​IMG]
     
  9. MissusDee

    MissusDee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are going to look like that at 7 weeks, male plumage comes weeks and weeks later. Those saying they should have green heads, they are too young for green heads.
     

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