Mallard ducklings question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ladyh, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. ladyh

    ladyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first mallard hatch.. Some or brown multi colored others are yellow. I only have male and female pair of mallards. Does the color indicate sex or color when grown?
     

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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    No.....You will need to wait....I think Bill colour with Mallards at day one indicates their sex...Dark are Drakes and light are Hens.....
     
  3. ladyh

    ladyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you for sure the yellow are hens?
     
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Bill colour....Not Duckling colour......I think ?.......
     
  5. ladyh

    ladyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for trying... I was hoping for someone that had experience with mallard chicks to know the difference why some are yellow and others are that brown streak.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    That is normal....They all end up maturing into the right colour once the feathers come in....
     
  7. ladyh

    ladyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering if the yellow ones are hybrids. I just can't image a male muscovy mounting a small mallard female. If that's the case, then the yellows are sterile.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Oh....My Call Drake breeds my big Buff Hen and My Appleyard bred my Call Hen... Yes....They can breed...
     
  9. ladyh

    ladyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know the size of a muscovy drake? They are HUGE...about 15 lbs or more..he is huge. the mallard female is tiny..about 1.5 lbs.
     
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  10. cluckintexan

    cluckintexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the possibility of cross breeding would exist for them, but the size difference could pose some issues... then again it could make it easier... less of a fight with that much weigh...
     

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