At what age do runners get their drake feathers?

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

  1. chickenlittle1980

    chickenlittle1980 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

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

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    spamee34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    chickenlittle1980 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

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

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pekins just got theirs Monday at 14 weeks.
     

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