Is This a Drake Feather? 5-6 Week Old Pekins

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RaZ, May 23, 2011.

  1. RaZ

    RaZ Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The duck in the back of the photo seems to have a curled feather (or 2). At this young age, can it be determined?
     
  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    How does it's quack sound? you could probably tell for sure by the quack. I know my Rouen/pekins were quacking by this age.
     
  3. RaZ

    RaZ Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    2 or 3 are quacking, but curly tail has been very quiet so far. They are always so close to each other that I really can't tell which one is actually quacking.
     
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Try picking him up and see how he sounds. if it's raspy then you've got youself a definite boy.

    ETA: it looks like the one in front of the duck in question ALSO has a curling tail feather... better check him too! lol
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  5. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That one you mentioned indeed looks like it has a drake feather. Nice ducks [​IMG]
     
  6. RaZ

    RaZ Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I lured them out of the pond and into the coop with frozen peas. That is like crack to them! Anyway, when I take them out in the morning, I'll try to catch curly tail and see what he says. I'm hoping that there is only one drake.

    Thanks for your responses. I appreciate it.
     
  7. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lmao thats what my daughter said. peas=duck crack.
    broccoli and beans are pretty awesome reactions in ours to.
     
  8. Totes Quackers

    Totes Quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol.. what is it with peas and ducks! My kids tell me to stop cooking them peas and give them to the duck... apparently they call it 'sharing'.. ha! [​IMG]
     
  9. Stormy Autumn

    Stormy Autumn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm positive that he's a drake. Mine had a tail EXACTLY like that at that age. It disappeared for a while when he molted, but grew back even curlier than ever.
     
  10. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have tried to get mine to like peas but they could care less. I start them young and they will eat them while in the brooder but once out in grassy pens mine do not care for peas anymore.[​IMG]
     

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