One of my Pekins is being a FRESHY-PANTS!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gnmrk2000, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. gnmrk2000

    gnmrk2000 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2011
    North West New Jersey
    I have 4 pekins who are 6 weeks old and growing beautifully. Today I noticed one of them pecking at all the others. I did not sex them when I got them, so I can't address the "male, female" thing. Is this one just being a bossy pants? Also, I was just told about the "drake feather". Will my males all have that curly feather? If so, when can I expect to start seeing that little flip? I may have to do some name changing [​IMG]

  2. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chirping

    Jul 6, 2011
    Huntsville, AL
    We just got drake feathers on my 14 week old Pekins yesterday. Why change names?

    I don't know about the bossypants issue. I have one that's been doing that for awhile and they are both boys.
  3. monkeemakr

    monkeemakr Chirping

    Jun 28, 2011
    Swansea, SC
    I'm so glad to hear it took 14 weeks. I have 2 Pekings that are 12 weeks. One is a definite girl, very loud quack. One is a definite boy, hardly any quack at all. But the third and critical one (was claimed by my granddaughter as a tiny duckling is still a mystery. The quack is right in between the two, but I am leaning more towards a girl. It is just a little more raspy than the other hen, but much louder and better than the drakes. I'm hoping for another hen - want lots of eggs and babies. [​IMG]
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    At that age, the quack should tell you. Also, I have all girls, and Zehn was a bossy boots from the beginning.

  5. jbrown_14105

    jbrown_14105 In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2010
    Well I just adopted 2 more Pekins, 1 a drake & 1 a hen to go along with my 4 others Pekins, 3 drakes & a hen.....

    The recently adopted ones are named Bonny & Clyde (by the SPCA) because they escaped a nature preserve and were rounded up by the S.P.C.A.
    First of all...These two have brains....I have talked about my other 4 in the past on this list....they DON"T have brains.....stupider than a stump!

    So the two new ones B. & C. have already taken over being dominate.....they are pecking the necks of the other drakes, they are trying to mount the other hen, peck at her, chase the four around the yard if they try to get "bossy" at all.
    They actually know enough to swim in the water tray I set out....drill like ducks the duck head bob, do the "duck dance" and all other things that ducks do! I have never seen the other 4 do any of this, but over the years I have seen many other ducks do all of the above.

    The four other Pekins, Huey, Louie, Dewey, & Daisy just don't have any leadership in them
    (they all 4 randomly run all over the yard no direction but all in a group) at all so it appears that Bonnie & Clyde are taking over even after just one day....they have been watching the four other ducks I guess!

    I'll let you know more tonight when pen time comes and all 6 are in together.

    Jim Brown
    Lockport NY
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

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