Female ducks breeding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BigBlock, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. BigBlock

    BigBlock Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2012
    I have 2 ducks (magpie and a runner mix) that are about 6 months old. I am still very confused about what sex they are. I was told both were females when I got them. Somebody is laying eggs in my yard, but I don't know who. Only getting 1 egg, not 2.

    The runner mix quacks all the time, very noisy and loud. Makes me think it's a girl, but (s)he keeps climbing on top of the other duck and trying to mate. Looks like she's trying to drown it in the pool. Do females do that? Are there boys that like to quack?

    The Magpie duck is very quiet, doesn't quack unless there is a problem. Makes me think it could be a boy but it's on the bottom when they try to mate...?

    I can't find drake feathers on either one...do they not always have them?
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    drake feathers can be pulled out and or molted off.

    however yes ducks just dont care and you can have duck/duck duck/drake, drake/duck and drake/drake breeding going on.
  3. glassgal

    glassgal New Egg

    Aug 16, 2012
    Our Pekins do that. We have three ducks and one drake but when they start bobbing their heads at each other it doesn't seem to matter who is who. [​IMG]
  4. neohiobiker

    neohiobiker Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2012
    I have Seven ducks left out of ten (ONe a Hawkl took, One just vanished, One I had to put down. BUT i also don't how to sex them I'm only getting 1-2 eggs a day Wish I could tell the difference. so I don't eat the wrong one. I'm using a large dog house and they do go in to lay (most of the time) if it gets real cold will they know to all go and stay inside They really seem to be very stupid and after 9 months they still hate me .... How much do you folks grain feed your ducks I have the plastic scoop with quart marks on it. they free range.
    If your in OHIO and close to me I'll pay you to sex them ......Mantua ohio

  5. hfchristy

    hfchristy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2012
    If you can post a picture, someone here might be able to help you.

    Do any of them have drake feathers?
  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I agree with what's already been said. Also, as for the quacking, frequency isn't what you're looking for. It's the TYPE of quack. If a duck quacks a loud, duck-y quack, she's a girl. If all the duck ever does is a murmur-y sort of half-quack, then he's a boy. Sometimes girls will murmur, but drakes NEVER quack loudly.

    If you can't tell a difference in the type of quacking your birds are doing, then you probably have all girls. Congrats! :) That would also explain why your girl is mounting everybody--in the absence of a boy, one or more girls will take it on herself to make sure the other girls are (ahem) "serviced." Of course, they'll take care of each other in that way all the time, anyway, regardless of gender, so it's not a sure sign of anything.

    Also, can you post pics? That can help us help you figure out what you've got. :)
  7. Bridgertrot

    Bridgertrot Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2012
    I have problems with this as well lol Every time I take my two girls to the creek, they get excited, bob heads, and go to town. It's slightly embarrassing to watch. They do it every time and sometimes more than once. Then they get even MORE excited and take off flying down the creek haha. It's always the same one on top too.

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