My Hubby and one of his West Harlequin hens.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by columbiacritter, May 21, 2012.

  1. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Now that's a happy pair.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    X2 sweet pic.
     
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

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    Where is the 'hen'? I only see your husband and a duck![​IMG]

    Drakes and Ducks = ducklings

    Roosters (cockerels) and Hens = chicks
     
  5. PetesMom

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    I thought female ducks were called hens too?

    She's gorgeous! I just picked up a WH Drake!
     
  6. Tahai

    Tahai Songster

    Female ducks are called ducks or hens.

    Great pic, and a lovely bird. How old is she?
     
  7. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

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    6 1/2 wks. We have 3 other confirmed hens, 1 drake and a deformed one that might be a drake, but will definitely be dinner at some point. We have 5 runners and 2 Cambell Welsh crosses. All from Holdereads.
     
  8. zekii

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    I just hatched out 12 welsh harlequins, and since we are novices it is really hard
    telling the soon to be drakes from the hen by their bills. Some are bright yellow, and some are
    dark brown, but most have bills that are a mixture of both...yikes.
    So how long do we need to wait before you can tell the drakes from the hens, and what are
    some traits or feather patterns we should be looking for ?
     
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  9. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Songster

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    By 6 to 8 weeks you will see the drakes will have like a silvery head... hens will not.

    Female= Duck and hen
    Male= Drake............. And some people around here call them "rooster ducks".......... crazy!
     
  10. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

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    The generic term for ducks of all species (male or female) is duck.

    All male ducks (no mater what the species) are called drakes.

    All female ducks (no mater what the species) are called ducks.

    All baby ducks (no mater what the species) are called ducklings.

    Some people also refer to female ducks as "hens" but this leads to confusion with female chickens which are called "hens" by everybody.

    The formal name for a female duck is not a hen and in fact it is just a duck



    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_male_and_female_ducks_called#ixzz1vZxJSZZg
     

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