Mallard feather question!!

Chick1043

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Jun 5, 2011
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So my duckling has just started growing in feathers!! The day I got her I had a feeling it was a girl. The feathers are coming in brown like the girls!!!! But I wanted to make sure I was correct! Because the feathers are growing in brown does that mean it IS a girl? Or do boys grow brown feathers at first too? Thanks
 

ducklover700

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Mar 26, 2012
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Boys get "female" colored feathers, then they later grow in their fancy male feathers. Listen to it's quack.
 

Kevin565

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Dec 22, 2009
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Boy's won't get their traditional plumage for awhile. You should be able to voice sex by now though
 

Apyl

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Feb 5, 2012
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I agree with the previous two posts. They will all "look" like girls until they molt around 11 - 12 weeks old. The best way to sex is by the "quack".
 

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