At what age do runners get their drake feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenlittle1980, May 23, 2010.

  1. chickenlittle1980

    chickenlittle1980 Songster

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    ?
     
  2. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Songster

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    I'm not sure exactly when they get their drake feathers in (sometime after 2 months at least - probably closer to 3 or 4 months [​IMG] ) - I never really pay attention, because they're so easy to sex by voice long before that. [​IMG]
     
  3. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants 9 Years

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    what do you mean by sex by voice and how old are they when you can do that?
     
  4. Sweetfolly

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    Quote:Female ducklings will start to quack anytime between 2 and 7 weeks (generally around 5 or 6 weeks) of age - a loud, honking sound. The males will continue peeping, and then sound sort of raspy, like they have laryngitis, at around 6 weeks.

    Only female ducks make that distinctive "QUACK!" sound that we associate with ducks. The males sound like a raspy, whispery glockenspiel. [​IMG]

    There's a great thread on sexing ducklings here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=181147
     
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  5. spamee34

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    Mine got theirs at 6mos
     
  6. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

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    Quote:Female ducklings will start to quack anytime between 2 and 7 weeks (generally around 5 or 6 weeks) of age - a loud, honking sound. The males will continue peeping, and then sound sort of raspy, like they have laryngitis, at around 6 weeks.

    Only female ducks make that distinctive "QUACK!" sound that we associate with ducks. The males sound like a raspy, whispery glockenspiel. [​IMG]

    There's a great thread on sexing ducklings here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=181147

    YES! I have two Pekin ducks and one Pekin drake, then! [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenlittle1980

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    hmmm I think I have 4 boys and 6 girls then....... not sure until i hear a good quak. they are almost 3 weeks old and still peeping
     
  8. cbohn80

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    i have ducks that only quack if i handle them/pick them up. is it possible they are female and just quiet or can males quack if they really want to?
     
  9. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

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    My runner just got his drake feather and its been 10-12 weeks?
     
  10. LemonDoodles

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    My Pekins just got theirs Monday at 14 weeks.
     

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