Feather Curl???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tia, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    My runners are 7 weeks old today. When will I be able to tell which ones are drakes? When will the feathers turn up? I have been listening carefully to try to figure out which ones are quacking, but they all seem to be quacking. I must not be able to detect the difference. : ( Does anyone have any suggestions??? I thought about recording them and having someone listen. : )

    Tia
     
  2. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the feathers will turn up if they are drakes. My ducks didn't have a discernible difference in their quacks until other gender-based characteristics began showing up.
     
  3. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    When do their tails start to curl???

    Tia
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    my runners did not curl till 4-5 months you can tell at 7-8 weeks by quacking (only the girls quack) the drakes make more of a hissing sound. when you pich it up does it quack?

    eta if they are all quacking then you may have to wait till they are 8 weeks old, the females are really loud like a honk sort of and the boys never get that volume, but they all have the same juvenile squeaky voice in the begining.
     
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  5. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    I will have to listen more closely, it all sounds like quacking to me, but some of it does seem to be different. Maybe there aren't any drakes.

    Tia
     

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