How to identify a Drake w/o feather

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FlightsofFancy, May 4, 2008.

  1. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello ALL! I just got my first ever Blue Swede ducks! Yeah!! Thanks to Helmstead! [​IMG]
    OK....a few questions: We thought we picked out a drake and two hens. The flock we pulled them from had been over breeding and the hens all had bald patches on their necks, so that seemed pretty easy. Pick 2 with bald spots and one w/out. Many of the Drakes lost their drake feathers during the catching. However, one hen looks like she is mounting the drake. Is this normal? Or do I have a dominate hen with 2 other hens?
    Is ther a way to sex them w/o a drake feather?
    Also, any suggestions on keeping the smell down? I have a baby pool that we dump and refill 2x a day, but the area that they poop in really reeks. It seems to be contained to the area right by the pool.
    Thank you!

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  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can sex them by voice, ducks have a loud clear quack while drakes sound very raspy, like as if they have a sore throat.
     
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Hey Flights - that is so true about the voices. I have noticed it with mine, too. The ladies are loud and clear...and the drake has a quiet voice. Next time you're here...observe. [​IMG]
     
  4. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
    I will plug my ears in and see if I have a drake....sigh![​IMG]
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Males have a raspy quack where as females have a very loud quack.
     

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