I have a Buff Orpington duckling that hatched out December 9th. Until last night I was 99% sure it was a drake. It's bill is turning lighter instead of darker and the feathers coming in are darker. both signs of a Buff drake. However, last night I cleaned the brooder and left out the 2 plush toys I had in there for it to snuggle with so I could wash them. This little duck was inconsolable and amid the squeaking and cheeping, it made what certainly sounded like quacking noises to me! I'm hoping it's a girl (more eggs). Can Buff Orpington females have light colored bills? Penny, our duck, has a dark bill and PJ, our drake, has a yellow bill. I know only time will tell for sure. I'd kind of like to know so I can start calling it by it's forever name.