"Female" Duck turned out to be a male... is the other one a male too?

dingobaby

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So unfortunately my "guaranteed" female cayuga is obviously a drake at this point. Its bigger, never quacks, and its tail is starting to curl. Even though this one has a white feather. I have one other cayuga who is more female like and slender, small. But she never quacks, her voice sounds male. I cant tell if her back end is trying to curl or not. She looks exactly body wise like the other females but she just doesnt quack. Is she hopefully... still a she?
 

Skyle

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Sometimes the males lower on the pecking order are allowed to eat less by the dominant male, so they don't grow as much as the others. I heard that sometimes the dominant drake pulls away the curl on the other males, I don't know if this is right or not.
So, the only guaranteed sexing is by the voice. If the voice sounds like a male, it's probably a male.
 

dingobaby

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Sometimes the males lower on the pecking order are allowed to eat less by the dominant male, so they don't grow as much as the others. I heard that sometimes the dominant drake pulls away the curl on the other males, I don't know if this is right or not.
So, the only guaranteed sexing is by the voice. If the voice sounds like a male, it's probably a male.
this is.... the worst news 😭 why was i cursed with so many male ducks
 

dingobaby

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Some ducks are just quiet and don't vocalize unless distressed. Try picking up your smaller cayuga and walk away from the flock. If you're still not sure then take a video and we can help figure it out :)
i'll go catch "them" simply because im gonna be so sad if all my cayugas were male when i was told female... i even gave the excess away to a friend so i have no chance at having females anymore if she isnt.
 

Floof

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i'll go catch "them" simply because im gonna be so sad if all my cayugas were male when i was told female... i even gave the excess away to a friend so i have no chance at having females anymore if she isnt.
You can always buy an adult duck. Check craigslist :confused:
 

dingobaby

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Some ducks are just quiet and don't vocalize unless distressed. Try picking up your smaller cayuga and walk away from the flock. If you're still not sure then take a video and we can help figure it out :)
Well I couldnt get a video because he was quiet anytime I tried, but there is no doubt its a male.... no matter how much i chased, held, walked off with he only ever did a male warble. The for sure female ducks I had of the same age were all quacking their heads off and I wasnt even after them.
 

Floof

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If you bought sexed ducklings I would be calling up whoever you got them from. Maybe/hopefully they can make it right.
 

dingobaby

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If you bought sexed ducklings I would be calling up whoever you got them from. Maybe/hopefully they can make it right.
I got them from Callahans in Austin... which I wont be buying from again. The first hiccup was they snuck pekins in with the welsh harlequins and called them the "gold" variety. And now theyve clearly worked with a breeder who lied about sexing. And not to be too picky but the cayugas have yellowing bills and feet, brown striping under their chins and bellys....
I had a whole issue reserving these cayugas in the first place, one person reserving them for me, the other saying they were delayed, another person saying they didnt know what i was talking about, day of someone saying they never had a special order for cayugas, then another saying oh wait yes we do have them but theyre only a couple and theyre straight run, then getting there and someone acting like "duh, this is the female special order"....
it was all a pain and then it has resulted in me not even getting female cayugas. Idk, I'm more mad at Callahans at this point. I have to rehome 3 males now because now my ratio is 4 males to 2 females. A recipe for disaster.

Just had to vent, distraught all my time and work was for rehoming half my ducks.
 

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