Buff duck question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckieTam, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. DuckieTam

    DuckieTam Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all I am new to BYC. I have lurked on the site many times, since this is the place I have found many of my questions answered. I do have a question about one of my buff ducks I have two buff ducks one I know is a female (older and laying eggs), I can't decide on the gender of the 2nd buff. At what age does a drake start to get a darker head? My duck Dot is only 10 weeks old, and I was convinced it was a she. I noticed that it seems "her" head is getting darker starting at the bill. I would really love Dot to be a drake. Here is a picture of "her". if anyone can help I would really appreciate it.

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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Does she make a raspy noise or a loud quack?
     
  3. DuckieTam

    DuckieTam Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tried to listen to her quack. But every time I try to get her to quack my Daffy duck or the goose will start talking to us. I keep going back and forth on her gender. I probably should just wait until either she has a definite darker head or starts to lay eggs on me.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    When she's chatting is it in a very soft voice? If so then she is a defiantly a boy. Also eventually if it's a boy it will get a curl at the end of it's tail.
     
  5. Oregon Blues

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    Pick her up and carry her around for a few seconds. Be careful not to squeeze. They will almost always quack while you are carrying them.

    Raspy ratchet sound is a male, quack is a female.
     
  6. DuckieTam

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    Dot is female. Thanks for the inputs.
     

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