Drake Feather

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by foxchasr, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. foxchasr

    foxchasr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi ... I have 2 pekin ducks about 6 months old bought at the same time from the same batch of ducklings. I'm trying to figure out if I have 2 males or a male and a female. I've been reading a lot on this topic and both appear to have raspy quacks, not a crisp, clear quack from either and they aren't noisy at all. Both free range all day with my 7 hens and rooster and there aren't any dominance issues at all with the other chickens, in fact they are very submissive to the chickens, which works out great. One of the ducks, the smaller one, definitely has the curled feather in back, the other one, which is larger, definitey does not have this curly feather. Is this curly feather the determining factor here? They are very affectionate with each other and cuddle all day with each other. It's really cute too because the apparent male kisses the other one and rubs bills as if they are kissing, it's really cute. Do you think I have both males, but the other one hasn't developed the curly feather as yet? Can I have a potential female with a raspy quack?
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Purely a guess at two males, one still waiting for the Drake Feather.
     
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think at their age, that they'd both have the drake feather by now. I have to say though that my Pekin females are not noisy like the other ducks. (I bought them sexed) Maybe a few pictures would help [​IMG] Another behavior I have seen in the females, is a sort of head bob. Here is a link of a video I took last week. Notice the Pekin in the middle.
     
  4. foxchasr

    foxchasr Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for sharing that video. Wow, your flock really seems like they are pretty lucky ducks and chickens! Yes, I will take a video tomorrow and post. After seeing your ducks, both of mine don't make any sound and definitely no head bobbing. They just seem to walk around single file and don't make any noise! I will post tomorrow, thanks!
     

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