Khakis hatched 2nd week of June. When can I tell drake/duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FrenchHen, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    I have 6 Khakis. They all look alike except one has a slightly darker bill/head.
    Their coloring is the same on their feathers.

    When can I distinguish what I have? They're twelve weeks old now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I could tell my drakes at about 3 to 4 months. If you look on my website, click on the duck tab and go to May 25, I have some pictures of my drake khaki heads. I could definitely tell soon after this as they started to get the curly tail. The male heads are darker than the female and you can start seeing the green come out in the sunlight.
     
  3. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were hatched out the end of June/beginning of July, and I can tell by the quacks (or lack of one in males) and the SLIGHT curling of the drake feather. They're molting into their adult feathers now, so hopefully their drake feathers come in nice and spiraled. [​IMG]
     
  4. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Some of mine are still peeping.
    Do girls quack sooner than the boys start their whick noise?
     
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, girls start quacking between 4 and 6 weeks. By 12 weeks it's a pretty reliable indicator: Your quackers are your girls, your peepers & whisperers are your boys. Juvenile feathering looks the same in both, so you may not be able to tell by color until they are fully mature.
     
  6. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    So I may have some duck dinners for the holidays.

    I'd love 1 or 2 drakes out of the bunch for fertile eggs.

    I'll post pics when I get sand in their run.
     

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