Could Frances be a Francis?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Tia Z., Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Tia Z.

    Tia Z. Out Of The Brooder

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    My "female" mallard, Frances looks like a female but she's now about 3 months old and is still not quacking. Her "quacks" are still raspy and she's past the peeping stage. Could it be that's she's a he and I should change her name to Francis? If she were a male when would her head turn green?

    Silly Frances [​IMG]
     
  2. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If "she's" three months old, raspy, and you haven't heard a single quack, then "she's" a he. Change that name to Francis. [​IMG]

    Yep - he'll molt into nuptial plumage and get the green head eventually. Then, he'll molt back into "eclipse" and look like a girl for a few months every summer. [​IMG]
     
  3. Tia Z.

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    Oh wow, good to know! Ducks are so much more complicated than chickens! [​IMG]
     

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