Need help with Mallard gender?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckman4450, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. duckman4450

    duckman4450 Chirping

    Aug 1, 2012
    Hi. I'm trying to figure out what my mallards are. I'm 99.99% sure Gabby, the one closest to the camera, is a hen. The other one, Izzy, is the one I'm trying to figure out. I've seen Gabby quack before that sounded like an adult mallard, but she isn't quite fully developed. Izzy still has a high pitch peep but in the video, he makes a quacking noise much like Gabby, and much like a hen mallard. The reason I'm stuck is Izzy is SO much bigger than Gabby, and I mean a lot bigger. They both have basically the exact same feather development and were born on the same day, just 2 different hatcheries. Izzy is incredibly sweet, and is almost like a puppy. He absolutely loves it when I scratch/pet his back, scratch his head, beak, and underside, and also loves being picked up, held, and cuddled. Gabby is polar opposite from basically everything Izzy is, and is very very skittish. I've had mallards before and drakes and so much more calm than hens which is why I'm stuck. So the large size, and very cute/likeable personality point to drake, but the sound development points to hen. My other mallard drake didn't start the low "whistle" until about 9-10 weeks. Anybody got any ideas???? Video below. (Sorry for the long post! You don't need to watch the whole video, just the times listed below, and also watch a little of the beginning to hear Izzy's high peeping, and Gabby's very quiet sort of quacking)


    Izzy "quacks" at: 1:35 , 1:57 , 2:10 & 2:39

    Gabby at 2:48 (pretty sure)
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Ducks QUACK

    Drakes whasp more of mutter
  3. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chirping

    Jul 2, 2012
    P.E.I, Canada
    I think the one doing all the quacking is a female (far one). The other could be too, but I'm not sure.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013
  4. Speceider

    Speceider Songster

    Apr 4, 2011
    They are both females.

  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    They are so cute.
  6. duckman4450

    duckman4450 Chirping

    Aug 1, 2012

    Thanks for the responses everyone :)
    Here is a picture just to give you the difference in size if that helps. Izzy is on the right, Gabby on the left
  7. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    Oh yeah, I heard both of them quack! They are definitely both female.

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