Mallard Question (New Picture)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tia, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Are the first feathers that mallards grow in all like the female, and then they change as they get older or do the male mallards start out with the green head and normal coloration? Mine was hatched around the first of July and it is beginning to look like a female mallard. I was just wondering when you can tell what sex it is???
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    They all have the female coloration at first, as I recall. [​IMG]
  3. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Do you know when they get their drake colors - if they are a drake
  4. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

    Jan 11, 2010
    the ducky room
    from what i was told (don't hold me to it) they will look like females (but will have a drake feather) 2 seasons.. fall and spring and and like a drake the other 2 seasons. but i don't know for sure!!!!

    anyone know for sure?? i have 2 mallards that i got right after my babies were hatched and i am still clueless on gender. as far as i know i have 2 girls
  5. daegorn

    daegorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Wow I want to know too, I hatched out 8 this spring.
  6. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    daegorn - Do you have a larger picture of yours. Someone rescued the one I have from inside the local airport and I thought it was wild - but Bird Rescue here in Alaska told me it is not... wings are too small. I'm just wondering what a tame Mallard duckling looks like just so I have something to compare this little guy to. I got him around the 8th of July and he was about a week old. He has most of his feathers now. A large picture of yours would be appreciated. Mine is very quiet with just little chirping sounds that are very pleasant. I have been letting him swim in the tub with one of my female runners - she is not to interested in him, but he wants to be friends. He swims circles around her and then keeps diving under her over an over again. I'm also wondering how their size compares to a runner - I am hoping when he is full grown he will join my 6 runners.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Their first feathers are all brown like a female. However, at about the age you're talking about, the males will start to get a yellow or green bill and the females will usually get more orange or retain their baby blue bill. Also, the females will tend to get a loud quack where the males will have a lower tone. But, sometimes they don't talk much at that age, so it's hard to tell that way.

    Sometimes, I've noticed that the wild males will start to get some green feathers as young as 4 weeks, but they almost immediately molted, so you might miss them.

    I've seen males get "their colors" as young as 4 or 5 months old depending on the season and location. Males also go through a special molt where they shed their green feathers and look like females, except they have a rust-colored chest. I believe the juvenile ones go through this phase right before they get their green heads.
  8. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    How interesting. He/she is very interesting to watch - and is growing fast. I notice a little white coming in now at the bottom part of the wings. I see a little dark area that I think is going to be that blue colored patch. I notice that her/his head is getting darker on top, but she/he is losing her down up there too. Will the mallard be larger or smaller than my runners???
  9. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Here is a picture of my little guy.

  10. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2009
    ohio valley
    that is a female males will get a white ring around there neck by the age it looks this 1 is but will take longer for the green head

    buy is she fluffy or did she shake as you took the pic?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by