can you sex ducks before they get the tail curl??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Fancie, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Fancie

    Fancie Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    I have 6 pekin I am raising for meat. But was thinking of keeping a pair for a project. Can I tell who is a pair b-4 it comes time to take care of the rest?

    Also at what age do they get the curl feather?

    Also will they be fethered by the time it comes to slaughter? they are 6 weeks now and I don't see feathers yet. aint it supposed to be 8 - 10 weeks???

  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My Khaki drake didn't get his drake feather in until 13 or 14 weeks. By that time he already had the rest of his male coloring. [​IMG]

    It's possible to sex them earlier by their voices. Females are loud and they quack, males sound hoarse and whispery and do not quack.
  3. Yes, by their voice. Males are hoarse, and females are very very loud.
  4. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    by 10-12 weeks old, they get thier adult voices, hens QUACK loudly, drakes have a very quiet voice that sounds like a very hoarse whisper.

    my crested mallard duckling, Jumper is only 3 weeks and she's already got the adult hen cracklies, she still chirps, but every once in a while a tiny quack will pop out
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Khakis would be easier since the males and females look different. Pekings...well, they are all white regardless.

    So I should be able to hear the girl quack by 3 weeks. Hummmm.

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