Boy or Girl Mallard?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ksmith, May 15, 2011.

  1. ksmith

    ksmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked for two females at the feed store, but i think I might have a male and a female. The one that I think is a male has a sort of yellowed beak, but the same coloring of the feathers as the other one. Also, the one I think is a male is starting to quack. They are 4 weeks old. I would post a picture, but my internet is sooo slow! thank you!
     
  2. MissusDee

    MissusDee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You really can't tell by colors at 4 weeks, even though males tend to get yellow bills, that really doesn't happen until much later. If the one you think is male is quacking, it's a female. Males have more of a hissy, raspy sound than a quack. Though it's possible if someone sexed them by vent sexing that they missed a male, if it's quacking it's probably a girl.
     
  3. MissusDee

    MissusDee Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 4 mallards at TSC and turns out there are 3 males and 1 female. The female quacked early and the males are more raspy sounding. Also, if you look at their heads in the light you may notice a green sheen on the males head.

    Here's a picture of mine at 5 weeks.
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  5. ksmith

    ksmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh yes, I can tell that the last 3 have a green tint to their head. I think my mallards are closer to 5 weeks old (But I have had them for 4 weeks), because they look exactly like yours. Very cute duckies!
     

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