Just got new ducks...what are they?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by keyt1969, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just picked up 4 new ducks. Not sure of the sex but I believe I have 3 females and a male. The lady I bought them from just called them "farm ducks" lol


    The two on the left are my cayugas


    Any ideas?
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    They are gorgeous colours..And " farm ducks would describe them well. They do look to be crossbreeds with those colouring patterns. Also I think from what I can see- it may actually be 3 males and one female. How many of them have little curly feathers just above their tails?? Looks like the three with the orange bills are the drakes- and the one with the dark bill is female.
  3. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We just got them and it's dark so I haven't looked at them well. I was afraid we had more than one male. I didn't know anything about the different color bills. Oh boy I'm SO confused lol. I'll look better in the morning.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  4. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    Quote:Never saw a real farm duck myself, but I am going to second the motion from duckyfromoz, I see 3 drakes and 1 hen. [​IMG]
  5. ejctm

    ejctm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2009
    Look like what we call "Heinz 57" here in the UK. aka 57 varieties! Very pretty colouring though. Probably good utility ducsks (layers/meat) and very hardy. I vote 3 boys and a girl too! Not a good ratio:(
  6. Aria

    Aria Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 15, 2010
    Quote:We raised ducks for many years. You will note the curl at the back of the duck? The curl
    was a male with our ducks. The female has a straight feathered back...no curl. Hope this helps. Aria
  7. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    Maybe a runner/swedish/? mix? Very pretty!
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I can definitely see some runner in them and not all runner ducks with yellow bills mean male, but, in your case, it probably does. Also, I think I see some feathers curling on at least two, possibly three. I also see fifth and sixth duck in the photo that looks like a male mallard and a pekin/white mallard. Do you have other ducks?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  9. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I have a male and female cayuga, 3 female and 1 male call and a male runner. So now my ratio is 6 males to 5 females. Guess I better find somewhere to trade at least 2 of those new ones because my others are NOT going anywhere lol
  10. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Munfordville, Kentucky
    Yes..you can clearly see the "sex feather"..3 boys and one girl.

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