Are these drake feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tropperduck, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. tropperduck

    tropperduck Hatching

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    [​IMG] are these drake feathers I think they are but im a first time duck owner so im just not sure.(and i mean the ones attached to the ducks not the ones on the ground)
     
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  2. duck4u

    duck4u In the Brooder

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    Quote: Me too! I'm also a new duck owner.
    I'm raising my first little ducks right now. They are a week old.
    Now I am not sure since I'm new, but its quiet possible since their large.
    But most of of the time when female ducks nest they peck out what is called ''down'' feathers and spread it around their nest.
    Its possible that he is a she and is probably broody.
     
  3. learycow

    learycow Crowing

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    It looks like the start of drake feathers.
    One way to tell gender for sure is the sound the duck makes.
    If it's a quiet, raspy sounding "quack", then yes those are definitely drake feathers as you have a male.
    If the "quack" is loud and more shrill, then you have a female and those feathers are simply some mishapen tail feathers :)
     
  4. tropperduck

    tropperduck Hatching

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    No she's /he is not broody they haven't started laying yet but I was wondering if they were drake feathers my bad dint get in there
    :lol:
     
  5. tropperduck

    tropperduck Hatching

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    Ah ok Ty I think they r to because the one I think is a female her tail is flatter I was just thinking maybe this one was misshapen but the one I think is a drake he doesn't quack as much as the other one but they sound the same
     
  6. learycow

    learycow Crowing

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    Do they sound loud, or somewhat quiet?
    If they sound the same, then they are the same gender.
    Also, how old?
     

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