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Do i have Mallards or Rouens??? updated pics added page 4!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Shkittles, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Shkittles

    Shkittles Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got 2 baby ducklings from TSC out of the assorted duckling bin and they are either mallards or rouens. How do you tell the two breeds apart? Also how big of an area in my 12X16 shed do they need for the 2 of them?

    P.S. My camera's broke right now so i can't take pics [​IMG] They're so cute..... Once my camera is fixed i'll take some pics of them.


    Also i'm a new duckie mama so is there anything special i need to do?

    Thanks
    !Shkittles!
     
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  2. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anything about ducklings... Just figured I'd post to bump you up. Hopefully you'll get an answer now... Post some pics when you can!
     
  3. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 6 babies from TSC I was told also they are mallard....I have mallards but they were older when I got them..Never had any this tiny..My mallards(adults) have orange feet with black toe nails and the babies I got have soild black feet dont know if they will change color...But I too thought they were rouens.....Here are my babies


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  4. Giddyup

    Giddyup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I followed much the same rules as chickens when I got my ducks. We fed chick starter and let mom teach them the rest.

    The only cardinal rule is: NO food when there is no water or they can choke. And, as you may already have found out, ducks are messy with water!

    When I put my ducks/chickens in for the night I pull food and water.

    Once you notice them preening themselves regularly you could try offering them a shallow swim dish..the oils need to be groomed into their feathers. Ours didn't show an interest in swimming until much later.

    They grow so fast, enjoy them [​IMG]

    Hope to see pics soon!
     
  5. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the same issue. Thought I had a mallard, but now I'm thinking its a rouen. Can you all help? Sonny looked just like these little ones when he was small. He is about 7 weeks old right now. Cher is the Pekin.

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    This is Sonny and Cher at 2 weeks old......

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  6. Shkittles

    Shkittles Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm wondering if the only way you can tell which they are would be by their weight since mallards are supposed to be 2-3 pounds according to national geographic and rouens are supposed to be 7-8 pounds according to www.rollinghillswildlife.com
     
  7. Shkittles

    Shkittles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Sonny looks like a Sonya to me based on (his) coloring....
     
  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    You have DUCKS! [​IMG]
     
  9. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEP, I have also thought he is a she!
     
  10. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am very interested to find out if the weighing thing would work on adults
     

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