First time duck owner!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ayers52184, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Ayers52184

    Ayers52184 In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2018
    Im new to having ducks. I have 2 khaki Campbell ducks and would like to know the gender of them if possible. They are both almost 6wks old. 1 is lighter colored and slightly bigger with a pinkish/brown colored bill and dark bean. It peeps a lot and I have heard a couple of honks out of it but thats it. The dark one is smaller and peeps a lot no obvious honk or rasp. It has a pinkish/brown color bill and bean. The bigger light one is more calm when held but is still skittish. The dark one likes to fight and peck at you when you hold it. Both are very chirpy when you talk to them or give them new water, bedding or food. Im not sure what age they are suppose to get drake feather if they are male or color change in feathers.

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  2. MeganFair

    MeganFair Chirping

    Mar 10, 2018
    Leesville, SC
    I am by no means an expert, but we have a pair of Campbell’s about the same age as yours. We’ve heard some distinctive quacks, but we’re waiting for the drake curl to come in before we’re ready to confirm whether or not Dirty Harry is a Harriet or not. I think the curl comes in at about 9 weeks.
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  3. Ciggynel

    Ciggynel In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2018
    This is a pretty good video on how to find out the gender. I am going to try it in a week or so on my Mallards. I know he does this everyday but just makes me crazy as a mom how he casually handles these ducks.:barnie

  4. Ayers52184

    Ayers52184 In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2018
    I saw that video. I am not vent sexing them cause I dont want to hurt them, ive never done it before. At this point I think it would be hard for me to do it anyways cause they dont like yo be picked up and are a lot bigger now haha. I was hoping for other indications on sex. I might just have to wait for drake feather age or when the voices change to adult ones.:confused:
  5. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

    Mar 11, 2018
    I have two 6 week Khakis. One male and one female. They had marked the male, but that Mark is gone and now I have no clue who is who. I should have put a band on one of them(if I knew better I would have). I think the bigger one is the boy.
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  6. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    Could you maybe try posting a video of them quaking? If both sound like this than you should have 2 hens.. If they dont have the 'Quacking' sound at the end of their peeps then they're drakes.
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  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    They will ultimately have different feathering with the male having a darker head. You should be able to voice sex them soon. My female ducks sound like they quack or honk, the male sounds more how I think of a frog.
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  8. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    Um, I believe you have to do that within a certain time frame. And, honestly if you don't know what you are doing, you could harm your ducklings.
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  9. blayt90

    blayt90 Crowing

    Jan 11, 2018
    Magee, Mississippi
    My Coop
    I think it is within 2-3 days. But I am not 100% sure
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  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    Here is the excerpt from Storey's guide. But, it is not advisable if you don't actually know what you are doing unless someone knowledgeable shows you how to do it first.
    The internet can be a wonderful tool, but it also can be a misused tool. If your ducklings are 6 weeks or older, you can listen to them like @MillersFarm posted. Unless they are muscovies. :gig Then, there are other ways to tell the differences between ducks and drakes.
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