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Is this a mallard?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ruffneck25, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. ruffneck25

    ruffneck25 Out Of The Brooder

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    My friend gave me this duck 2 weeks ago and he told me it was a mallard he doesn't have a green head or white ring and no Drake feather I know they molt and they loose all that but his body colors haven't changed

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  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    The one with the brown head, red breast, and gray body is a hen.
     
  3. ruffneck25

    ruffneck25 Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought females quacked this has that raspy sound like the males
     
  4. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That bigger one that has the snowy look is likely a Welsh Harlequin.
     
  5. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Then it might be a young male then which would explain the color.
     
  6. ruffneck25

    ruffneck25 Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do they start getting there Drake feather?
     
  7. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Drake feathers are usually in when they can breed. My Indian Runner drake got his when he was 5 months old in August but lost it a couple months later.
     
  8. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He looks like he's at about the same stage of molting as my mallard boys right now...maybe just a little behind - mine have bits of green coming back in on their heads. Even when they are in eclipse plumage though, boys will have a yellow-green bill and girls will have an orange bill (sometimes with black spots). Plus, like you said, the raspy voice. [​IMG]
     
  9. ruffneck25

    ruffneck25 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a picture of yours?
     
  10. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, he's definitely a little ahead of yours. I've found they molt at different rates though, even when they're the same age.
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    Here they are less than a month ago though...
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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2015

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