Help with Mallards

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChckenBoy13, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. ChckenBoy13

    ChckenBoy13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last week I got two Mallard ducklings from the local TSC and I had a couple of questions. First, how old will the ducks be before you can start telling their gender. Secondly, what are Mallards mostly for? Pets? Eggs? Meat? Lastly, does a hen have to have a drake before it will lay eggs? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You should be able to voice sex by 4 weeks.

    They are commonly kept as pets. They are usually seasonal layers and are quite small.

    No she does not need a drake to lay eggs.
     
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    ChckenBoy13 Out Of The Brooder

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    How will I be able to voice sex them?
     
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    Males will have a rapsy voice while females will have a loud quack. If you end up with all of the same sex it can be harder to tell the difference for the first time
     
  5. ChckenBoy13

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    Well I'm hoping to get a female and a drake. I will have to post a video with sound so someone can help me
     
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    That should work. Hope you end up with a pair! [​IMG]
     

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