Okay...How do you sex magpies besides sound?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ScaredOfShadows, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am having a hard time deciding what my 5 magpie are...I know 2 are female, but the other 3 I can never get my hands on usually and I know I hear a definate male so there are still 2 I am not sure about and I cant get my hands on them to make them holler and fuss at me, lol. They are about 14 weeks old, so when will they start showing any physical signs of gender? Or do magpie? All mine have greenish/bluish tinges but like i said I know for sure 2 are female they have the great honkish quacks when my 5 yr old chases them and when I pick them up. I know some species' drakes get curly tail feathers and get the green tinges to the black but....I don't know...

    Any help would be appreciated because as much as I love my ducks I have to thin out the drakes in the magpies to 1: ? hens/ducks.
     
  2. aerosmith_99

    aerosmith_99 Out Of The Brooder

    Male magpies will get a curled tail according to feathersite.com. You may be able to tell more about them by sound when they get older. I know with some of my call ducks it takes some girls longer to make then hen sound than others.
     
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    what kind of noise do they make?? Most ducks quack and Muscovies hiss...what do Magpies sound like?
     
  4. pardygwyn

    pardygwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They quack like any other Mallard derivative.
     

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