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Drake Feather???? Sexing Pekin Ducks (VIDEO)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by foxchasr, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. foxchasr

    foxchasr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, I'm trying to figure out if anyone can determine if one of my ~6 month old Pekin ducks is a male or a female. I'm pretty sure about one of them, but not sure about the other. I got them both at the same time, one appears to already have his drake feather, the other one I can't tell. Please take a moment and see if you can tell. The duck with the light bill is a male in my opinion, not sure about the duck with the dark bill. Thanks!

     
  2. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks to me like the one with a light bill is a male and the darker bill is female
     
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The voice is the best way to tell males from females. I didn't hear any QUACK. Just the typical male wua wua noises. You might have 2 males. I had 2 and only one had a drake feather for a long time. I think the other one's got pulled out but did finally grow back in.
     
  4. therisingers

    therisingers Out Of The Brooder

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    What is a "drake feather". We have a HUGE Pekin duck and we THINK it's a male and we also have a female Mallard! The chick day guy said they were both Pekin's but she is definitely a Mallard and a female. We would like to know how to tell the difference but that seems to be the million dollar question....If we go by the "quack" we would know that SHE is female (which we already know because of her coloring) and he isn't quacking at all yet....But he's HUGE and has a nice temperament. He's almost got all of his feathers and is a little over a month old. Any suggestions? Sharlene
     
  5. PetesMom

    PetesMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "drake feather" is a curled feather on the tail
    This is my drake, Pete
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  6. PetesMom

    PetesMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And one looks like a male (lighter bill) and the other a female.....can't hear their "quack" though...if its loud then its a female
     
  7. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously, can I barrow Pete for about a month, just so I can look at him... Oh and introduce him to my lovely pekin female Sketchy? Jeeze, I love him!
     
  8. PetesMom

    PetesMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If we weren't states away LOL He's my grandchampion duck :) Well WAS the idiot got into a tiff with our Muscovy and his drake feather is no more...maybe after he molts it will come back?? lol
     
  9. cskotek

    cskotek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm, Petesmom other then pete wanting your one duck alot... did you have any problems with him being aggressive towards any other ducks?? The two pekins i have seem to not want to socialize with anything else including me. And what bothered me is that tonight when i had them in their cages, the one hopped over the side and started going after my babies!!! And i cant have that... any suggestions as to why this may be happening.... They grew up with my already adult runners and now its all changed....
     
  10. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are the Pekins? Male or female? My guess would be a dominance or "pecking order" thing, or maybe they have the breeding season itch going on... I'm no expert, but...
     

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