My mallard is getting blue-tinted feathers. Is it a boy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tazzy, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. tazzy

    tazzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two straight run mallards and one of them is displaying a clear bright blue sheen to the new feathers sprouting on their wings. Does that mean it's a boy? The other mallard has a black hue to the same feathers. Also, the bill on both ducks are different. The possible boy has one sort of a stripe going up the center of his bill, while the possible girl has an allover darker beak with no stripes.

    I will take pics later today. But wanted to ask. These ducks are only about six weeks old, so I didn't think that the gender of mallards would be apparent this early.

    oh, also, the possible boy mallard is a bit larger than the other mallard.

    Does this mean anything? thanks!
     
  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    My drakes and my hens both have the blue wing stripe.
    Listen to them. The noisy ones are hens. The gravel throated ones are drakes.
     
  3. tazzy

    tazzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh, okay...I guess the smaller one is just behind in developing the blue tint.

    I will listen to them. I hear that in my pekin pair - they both quack so they are both apparently females. But I haven't paid much attention to the mallards. I'm not sure if they do quack...maybe they are both males!
     

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