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Female duck help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jennifermoose, May 15, 2016.

  1. jennifermoose

    jennifermoose New Egg

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    Hi!

    I recently bought 2 pekin ducks one is about 7 and a half weeks and the other is about 6 and a half weeks old. I am almost certain that the older one is a male because his voice is much deeper but he also still chirps so I wasn't sure. The other one I'm still not sure if it is male or female. It's a little smaller than the other but I just figured it was because he/she is a week older but they are both also almost fully feathered. If it is a female I'm going to need some advice...

    Will she need a different food for egg laying purposes?

    When she lays the eggs does it need a certain warmth or really anything different at all?

    Also can I eat her eggs? Even if they are possibly a fertilized egg??? I wasn't too sure about that one but then again I'm not sure how a feel about a lot of little baby ducklings yearly running around haha.

    Any help is greatly appreciated and feel free to add in other facts and helpful hints. They will be very helpful [​IMG]
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The female duck is always louder than the male duck. And male ducks get a curl in front of their tail. They also have bigger feet and thicker legs.
    A picture would help identify

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    Notice the male duck(left) has a curl on his tail.


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  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Yours are too young for the male to have a drake feather, so your best bet is to sex them by voice. The male duck will have a very quiet, raspy quack, while the female will be much louder. If you need some examples I can link you to a youtube video that shows the difference :)

    You can eat the eggs, even if they're fertile. The only difference will be that the white spot on the yolk will look like a bullseye instead of just a round circle. That's it, no other differences!

    The egg doesn't need any kind of warmth unless you plan to hatch it, in which case you'll need an incubator. All the female will require for egg laying is safe, quiet place to do so in the coop.

    As for getting ducklings, you probably won't. Pekins are bred so that they are not broody, because when broody they don't lay, so people bred against this in this breed so they would have higher egg production. I won't say it won't happen, though - my pekin duck tried three separate times last year to hatch eggs. If she does go broody and you don't want ducklings, just take the eggs away.
     
  4. jennifermoose

    jennifermoose New Egg

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    Thank you guys so much that helps a lot! here is a picture of them if you can see it. The one on the left is the one I think is a male but you can't see his back side really well but I do know when they get older I should tell by the tail it will just be awhile unfortunately. The other I'm still not sure of but I'll try to listen a little better. They just talk and talk all the time lol

    Another question.. How old do they have to be to lay? And if he/she turns out to be a female I'll be back to ask more about how to care for her feeding wise [​IMG] Thank you guys so much!
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  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    They're very cute!
     

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