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Do all males get a drake feather?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fuzzy8, May 26, 2016.

  1. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally got my ducks and chickens in from a local feed mill. The chickens came sexed but the Ducks were only offered in straight run. Now my question is since I don't trust my self to vent sex them even though they are only 2 days old. What age will the get there drake feathers if I have any males? I have a kaki, pekin, Indian runner and a Rouen. Will they all get drake feathers if they are males? I wanna catch it quick enough so that if they are males I can sell them or give them away and end up ordering sexed femal ducks off of metzers. Which I probabaly should have in the first place
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Males will get drake feathers, yes... but they don't come in until their juvie feathers molt out... about 3 months old or so, I think...

    Easiest and quicker way to sex them is by voice... at about 6-8 weeks old their voices will change... females will get the louder, sharper, quicker quack and males will go raspier and quieter... here's a link made by a BYCer who has a mix of breeds including ones like yours...


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1073315/voice-sexing-your-mallard-derivative-duck
     
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  3. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. Guess I just have to wait and see. If I need to buy new baby female ducks b4 winter comes
     

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