Is it weird my Ancona's have green feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by melibelly83, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. melibelly83

    melibelly83 New Egg

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    Hi! First post on this forum excited about becoming more involved.
    I have 4 Ancona's that hatched in the beginning of July, so they are about 8-10 weeks old. I have had so much trouble telling their sexes. (Will post photos today) None of them have the tail curl, yet. They are all very attached to each other so when I try to listen to their quack it is hard to distinguish who is quacking when. I am almost positive one is a drake and one is a female, but I am unsure about the other two. Three of them are the classic white with black and one is a lavendar. I am almost positive the lavendar is a girl. The question I had with the black and white ones, they have green tinted feathers over their black coloring. Is this normal? Does the green indicate if they are drakes? If I end up with three drakes and one girl I will look into rehoming some of my boys!

    Pictures to come

    Thanks for your advice!
     
  2. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its just a beetle sheen like other black ducks [​IMG]
     
  3. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you pick them up one at a time to hear their voices? they might be offended... but they'll probably forgive you if you share some peas [​IMG]
     
  4. melibelly83

    melibelly83 New Egg

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    Here are some pictures of the ducks!
     
  5. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your lavender is a hen too. I can't get a good look at the black & white one's tails. Any curly feathers back there? I would love a Ancona drake. I bought 2 dozen hatching eggs and only got one (hen) to hatch. Where are you located? I'd be interested in a spare drake.
     
  6. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want a Lavender and a Blue, dangit!!!!
     
  7. melibelly83

    melibelly83 New Egg

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    no curls on tails yet. But they are a little under 3 months. About ten weeks. The largest one, I think is a drake. He def has a muffled sound quack and I think I see a curl starting, but his wing feathers are so long they cover his tail.
    I think my lavendar is a girl and the smallest black and white one is a girl. The lavendar one is my favorite [​IMG] I held her the most as a duckling, so she is the most tame. If I have two drakes I will probably be interested in re-homing but only to a friendly home with a flock. I live in California, near Sacramento.
    Let me know if you are interested.
    If I do end up keeping a drake I may have fertile eggs...
     
  8. melibelly83

    melibelly83 New Egg

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    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful. Anconas are the coolest. I just love mine to little bits and pieces.
     
  10. kswaterfowl

    kswaterfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really think there are either three boys and the blue one is female looking in some of the pictures but in the one with all four of them, I think the black is a hen to the left and the blue one looks like a drake in that picture. Ours were always really easy to sex, but we voice sex really early. The hens actually quack and the drakes are the raspy voices.
     

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