At What Age Do Male Ducks.......

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

  1. mandylovespets

    mandylovespets Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do male ducks (Pekin's) normally get their drake feather? Mallard's don't get a drake feather is this correct???.....
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    All male ducks get a drake feather.....I haven't hatched any ducklings for a couple years and I"m really not sure when they get it....my memory isn't like it used to be!! [​IMG]
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not their age as much as the season.
     
  4. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not their age as much as the season.

    so what season do they get thier drake feather? I've been watching mine, and haven't seen one yet (one is *supposed* to be male)​
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    late Summer, early fall they'll go into nuptial plumage. Up until then, the sexes have their baby suits on and I don't think you'll be able to tell them apart.
     
  6. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so is that when she will start laying too? I know, someone as "duck stupid" as I am, shouldn't have them-- darn TSC!
     
  7. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ah Ah Ah, Muscovies do NOT get the curly feather. [​IMG]
     
  8. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can sex them when they start to quack. Most ducks (with exceptions such as muscovies, mandarins, etc...) have mallard in their background. The hens have a loud quack, drakes are quieter and raspy (like they have a sore throat).
     
  9. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can sex them when they start to quack. Most ducks (with exceptions such as muscovies, mandarins, etc...) have mallard in their background. The hens have a loud quack, drakes are quieter and raspy (like they have a sore throat).

    I do remember reading that now. The girls start quacking earlier too don't they? in that case, the one that is supposed to be a girl, would indeed be a girl, and the boy is indeed a boy. Do male ducks also "protect" thier hens? I let the 5 week old chicks out for a bit, and they wanted to follow the ducks. Well, the ducks were scared to death of them, and every once in a while, Ducky Lucky would get up the courage to try to "protect" Quackers from the big bad chickies LOL (I put the chicks up so they wouldn't get hurt)​
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Ah Ah Ah, Muscovies do NOT get the curly feather. [​IMG]

    really? I didn't know that! I stand corrected [​IMG] I haven't been around any muscovies since I was a kid a loooooooong time ago, so I'll use that as my excuse!!
     

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