Confused, make or female?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by larcie, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. larcie

    larcie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 16 week old runner duck I was sold under the impression was a girl.
    She sort of has a white ring round her neck
    Dull in colour
    No curl on her tail
    Low raspy quack
    So I'm a bit confused. Any ideas? [​IMG]
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Looks like a drake to me - just coming into his nuptial colors.
     
  3. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 16 weeks there wouldn't really be a drake feather yet, but the key here is low raspy. If there is no "quack" by 16 weeks it's a drake. I have agonized over this for many weeks with my 2 drakes. He is very pretty though.
     
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  4. larcie

    larcie Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it safe to keep a drake with chicken (hens, no Roos) my research says it could be problematic. He was reared with several hens from chic/duckling
    Anyone have any expireance with this?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Once a duck goes into mature drake hormonal stage, he will want to mate with any thing with feathers so yes he will be a problem with hens, he can actually kill them since chickens and ducks are not made to mate.
     
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  6. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEP. He is a DRAKE!
     

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