Do duck's feet and bill color change as they age?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Roscoe Mandella, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Roscoe Mandella

    Roscoe Mandella In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2012
    Will a duckling's feet and bill color change as it grows?
  2. learycow

    learycow Crowing

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    What breed are you referring to?
    Sometimes it depends on the duck and breed, but yes both the bill and the feet can change color.

    A few examples:
    Khaki campbells: as they mature, males will sometimes get orange feet
    Welsh Harlequins: when they hatch, females have light colored bills and males have gray bills. As they grow, all will turn gray. Once they start to mature, females will get gray bills (though some can stay light colored) and males will usually turn yellow.

    Some will also develop "spots" on their bills, dark freckle-like dots.
  3. mothergooz

    mothergooz In the Brooder

    May 16, 2013
    Vernon Hills, IL
    Good question. I'd like to know about Mallards. Seems all the ducklings in my area are born with orange beaks that are spotted. Does that mean they are all female or do the male beaks change color at a certain age????

    I always wondered about that.
  4. Roscoe Mandella

    Roscoe Mandella In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2012
    Thanks! My ducklings are Muscovy/blue Swedish cross. One has a black bill and black feet with orange webbing and I love it! I was just wondering if it would stay.

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