Calling all Snowy Mallard owners! (Help?)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nettie, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Hello friends,

    Back in January i ordered new ducklings from Ideal. I got a sexed Snowy mallard that is supposed to be a girl. I also decided to keep an unsexed pekin, which i'm pretty sure is a girl.

    Ayways, my snowy mallard i was not worried about since i had it sexed. They are five weeks old now and two weeks ago i thought i almost heard the beginnings of a quack, but the mallard is so small and makes such cute little sounds it's hard to tell. It was def. not a peep, but sounded like a higher pitched version of when a duck's voice changes.

    But then little Sammy did not make that noise again. It's back to mostly peppeing with an occasional stressed out yelp included. Her feathering is coming in and it's not looking how i was expecting. She has a black head. It almost looks like male coloring. So i have a few questions:

    1.) Do male snowy mallards make any noises except peeping when this old? (5 weeks)
    2.) How does the male's voice change?
    3.) Do male snowy mallards get their coloring before they molt the first time?
    4.) Is there any reason why my snowy has a black head? lol

    here's a pic:

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    Oh and that's not a crest, just the rest of her yellow fluff falling off. She started out all yellow, and even had a little bald spot on her neck, but now has this all black head. any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  2. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont have Snowy Mallards but have reg. mallards..Dont know if I can help..My boys are louder than the girls..Neither sounds like quacking its so soft..I found a pic of a male and female......My boys looked like girls for a long time then their heads almost turned green over night..They did molt first

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  3. Webfoot

    Webfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Five weeks is too soon to sex by voice. And the juvenile plumage of the males and females is identical, so I'm afraid there's nothing to do but wait a little longer [​IMG]

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  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    sammy seems to make a quack like sound when she gets picked up, but other than that she peeps. hmmm...

    I was wondering when the male plumage begins to come in?
     
  5. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do believe the male colors come in at 11 or 12 weeks.
     
  6. Webfoot

    Webfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've never kept track of how long it took my snowies to get their nuptial plumage, but it SEEMS like forever!

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  7. goatropper

    goatropper Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree...it takes forever to get their adult plumage. We got two straight run ducks...no idea. We ended up with two males, a mallard and a cross. It was fun trying to deside what we came home with![​IMG]
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Boy or girl, sammy is so cute!!!!!
     

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