Curly Drake Feather?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dixie chicken, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. dixie chicken

    dixie chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Do male Pekin ducks get the curly feather. I have three. I know I have two females because I am getting two eggs every am. Cannot tell them apart. I know one is a female cause she quacks VERY loudly. But the other two are a mystery. I wanted to band the male when and if he got his feather so I could tell them apart all year.
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    my boy has a curly feather. the boys tend to be larger than the girls. and the boys, to my hear, whisper more than the girls. i have heard not all boys get the feather.
  3. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    My male Pekin is quite loud. Much louder than my female runner. I was positive he was a she until I came home from a weekend stay and saw the curl. It is very definately a curl, so yes the drakes will curl. Could she be a female that is slower to develop?
  4. dixie chicken

    dixie chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for the quick replies! Could be he is a she and just has not started laying yet. I just started getting a second egg. For a while, I was sure I had two males and one female. They are all pretty much the same size. Am I correct that they just get the drake feather in the fall and then it goes away?
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    that's a good question. i am used to knowing who is who. i have no idea. [​IMG]

    you will make me watch for the next year now to see when and if there are changes.
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    You should be able to tell by their voices by now.
    The females will bray loudly (or lay eggs) and the males will talk in a hoarse 2 syllable "wah-wah wah-wah". THe drake feather will show itself at sexual maturity and pekins are notoriously amorous. The drake feather will be there pretty much all the time except for the molt.

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