I bought a "Mallard Pair". I posted pictures of them and the female really wasn't but the male was either a Mallard or a Rouen. My husband really wanted Mallards so we bought some "Mallards" at the local feed store in April. The female disappeared, we figured she was laying eggs and hatching them but she never came back. The male stayed close and would go in the coop. Once the younger ducks were old enough, we put them in the coop with the male. He took over as their leader and they followed him everywhere. About 1 month ago, he lost his curl tail feathers and now he is changing colors. His head is no longer green but more of a light brown and his feathers are looking more the colors of a female Mallard. The younger ducks are 15 weeks old and one of them has the colors of a drake while the other 3 have the colors of female. Is this normal for a drake to change his colors and loose his curled tail feather? Is he taking on the role of the "mom" duck? Will he go back to being a drake once the females are older? Will the 2 males share the females or fight over them? We are new to ducks and I have never read anything like this. I know that a dominant hen will stop laying eggs, possibly crow and grow spurs if there isn't a rooster in the flock. Would a drake do the same without a female to raise the ducklings?