Call duck or drake with no drake feather?


In the Brooder
Aug 9, 2021
London, UK
Hi everyone 👋🏼

So I have just recently adopted this 2 months old white call duck named Custard and was sent a video where you can hear an odd quack that back then it definitely sounded like a quack to me. (See link attached)

Now that Custard has been living with me for a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed her quack sounds more like a drake grunt (very raspy, low and monotone) rather than the loud quack of my other call girl (this one is as loud as she can get 🤣) and “she” is VERY quiet at all times.

Just from the video I was sent by the previous owners, would you guys say it is in fact a female or could it be a drake with no drake curl??(if that’s even a thing 🤷🏻‍♂️)



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Well they go through an awkward stage as their voice changes from a peep to either a quack or a smoker cough where it's kind of hard to tell.
It could still be a Drake and just doesn't have a drake feather yet or it could have molted it out if it's in the middle of it's juvenile molt.
From the sound of it I'm going to guess Drake. Another week or so and you should be able to tell for sure.
It kind of sounds like that funny sound that they make sometimes when they're switching from their peeping sound to losing their voice to the Drake sound.
If you pick it up and hear a definite quack when you kind of pester it a little bit then maybe you do have a girl. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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