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At What Age Can You Determine Sex Of Mallard?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mandylovespets, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. mandylovespets

    mandylovespets In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    I have a Mallard duckling that's about 5 weeks old now. It's starting to get a pretty shiny dark green color on its back and it has some feathers that are black with a light brown outline. I will take pics later and post them, but I was just wondering if anyone knew?...
  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    the drakes will det curls
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    You can tell for sure come Fall when they get their nuptial plumage. Until then, though, vent sexing is the only way as they'll be identical in plumage.
  4. mandylovespets

    mandylovespets In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    Oh okay... Is it true that when the feathers first start coming in, that the males and the females will have the same color pattern? Which also look more like a mature females color pattern?
  5. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    What colour is the beak? Drakes will have a green beak and females will have an orange and brown beak.
    I am not sure if the colour would of come in by now tho.

    What does its quack sound like? Females have a loud clear quack while males are raspy and sound like they have a sore throat.

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