Duck or Drake?

Derksmit

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 25, 2011
5
0
7
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Do you think this baby is a duck or a drake?

Thanks in advance.
 

citychickx6

Songster
8 Years
May 14, 2011
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32
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Loveland
All the drakes I had developed a feather above the tail that curled very noticeably. Mine got theirs at about 5 months old.
I am thinking it looks young yet.
 

Derksmit

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 25, 2011
5
0
7
It is about 4 months old. I am uncertain as to the exact timing of voice changing/ drake feathering. It seems to still have the ability to be loud when it wants to, however such episodes are becoming less and less frequent. The quacking is hard for me to gauge since we just recently started with ducks, so I have little basis for comparison. I was hoping someone would be fimiliar enough with the breed to make a good guess or maybe we could just put it to a vote?
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PtldChick

Songster
8 Years
Jun 15, 2011
627
8
111
Portland, OR
At four months old you should be able to tell the difference in the quack...the boys are raspy, almost like a loud duck whisper. The girls actually quack. I could tell my Indian runner drake (that was supposed to be a hen) was a drake at 2 months due to his voice. If your duck quacks loudly, chances are she is a she.

Now they're 3.5 months and the drake has his beautiful green sheen (he's a black) and his curly tail feather.

Since I have three hens, I don't mind. The boys are quieter and it just means I could incubate duck eggs if I choose to.
 

Mother_Hen2011

Songster
8 Years
Aug 2, 2011
756
2
109
New Mexico
different species have different time frames and everything lol each duck is unique in every way. My drake was 4.5 months old when he finally got his "Sex Feather". Hes a Buff/Orpington Drake.
His name is Cheeze his mates name is Quackerz.
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Here is a pic of my male a female pair.
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Yes my drake is much much quieter than my hen lol
She is VERY LOUD!! Lol Hope this helps alittle.. Hopefully if you look close enough you can see his "Sex Feather"
 

kfacres

Songster
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
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33
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ducks and geese are the easist thing to sex, of all poultry... I learned to do this when I was about 9. and they can be successfully sexed at any age...

flip over, expose vent. and push downward... if it's a circle, it's a hen.. if it's pops out.. it's a drake..
 

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