At what age?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BlanchardOK, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. BlanchardOK

    BlanchardOK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age will I be able to see the male ducks curled tail feathers? I have 8 week old ducks and so far no curved tails....
     
  2. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's actually closer to 6 months old that they start to curl, from what I've read. You can usually start telling sex more by quacks at that age. Females will honk and quack, the males will still be whispering and cheerping.
     
  3. Baylor

    Baylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine all curled at 3 mns.
     
  4. BlanchardOK

    BlanchardOK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay - the sounds they make - if I could ever get them all apart I could tell... they are noisy and they are always in their little group!
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I am new to ducks so not sure how "right" i am but what I did was pick up one duck and walk away from the "crew" and they HATE to be separated I found out :D they each made their own little noises and two made a quieter peeping noise (almost raspy sounding) with NO quacks at all (figure they are boys) and two were quacking (undoubtedly a quack) very loudly and constant (sure they are my hens). They are all five weeks old and last week Ii tried this with no luck...they were making all different noises but at five weeks it was ONLY that noise (either a quack or a peep) nothing in between like the week before. I hear the "drake feather" don't show up until they are about 6 months of age so I didn't want to wait that long so glad they were being consistent with me (tried it a few days in a row).
     
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  6. MamaDuck1

    MamaDuck1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three months for my drake. A week before, actually.
     
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  7. BlanchardOK

    BlanchardOK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well 3 months will be on us soon - I can hear two distinct sounds out there so I am thinking that there might be a few of both... I am hoping.
     
  8. Baylor

    Baylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with Hanging with my Peeps. I could hear the different sounds at 3 weeks from my ducks and both groups of hatchlings it has been accurate. The females will start quacking or sounding quite different then the typical peeping if you pick them up and move them away from the group.
     

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