Are they supposed to be making that noise?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by EggsForIHOP, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Because I SWEAR at 3 weeks old I am hearing quacks ...I thought it was DH last night while he was cooking, just messing with me...but I FOR POSITIVE have at least 2 I am hearing go from PEEP to QUACK already! They are just straight run pekin ducks from Ideal Hatchery...hatched the 6th of this month...

    I mean, for crying out loud now, they don't even have feathers yet! My little ducks are growing up I guess....not too long and outside they will have to go [​IMG] that I think about it's more like OUT THEY GOO!! WOO HOO! [​IMG] (I know, I shouldn't be too excited...but we really would like our dining room back at some point [​IMG] )
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I can pick them by voice as early as three weeks sometimes. To be 100% I either vent sex or give them a few more weeks to be sure from their voices and colour. Sure does sound funny to hear their voices changing so young though.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    At three weeks one of our Runners was peep-honking, then soon after everyone was saying, "ah AH ah ah." Not really quacking . . .

    Quacks seem to be reserved for emergencies.
  4. Baylor

    Baylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2011
    My female started quacking in the 3rd week when we were chasing her to the pen at night. Now at 5 weeks she quacks all the time with some peeping still but mostly quacks.
  5. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    i had one batch that had four ducklings... one hen started quacking at 3 weeks an another right after her...Ya 2 hens and 2 drakes not Horrible... my favorite one out of that batch didnt start quacking until she was almost fully feathered... i got a perfect quad:)
  6. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Yup - must be "beginner quacks" then [​IMG] Not a full blown all the time quack...but for sure not a regular peep/chirp either! Pretty cool! These ducks amaze me pretty regularly...I guess because they are still so new to me [​IMG] I really wish I had done this sooner...they are a nifty little critter that's for sure [​IMG]
  7. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

    Jul 1, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    Yep! 3 weeks is just about the right time for what I call "fart quacks". There's that little honk between the peep and the little quack that sort of sound... well, farty [​IMG]
  8. GrannyCarol

    GrannyCarol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2011
    At three weeks I can hear them quack a bit and the girls "chortle" when they find happy food. You know the noise the happy ducks make when they find GOOD stuff. I'm always happy to hear them, but can only rarely tell who is doing it.. [​IMG]

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