rouen drake or hen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MommaBugg, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. MommaBugg

    MommaBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    OK these were TSC ducklings sold as rouen. I thought they were both female because they both ha LOUD quacks. Do rouens follow the same loudness rules like pekins or runners? Or do both genders have loud quacks?

    One I thought may be a drake because it started getting a black stripe down the back of its head. Then I thought it was a hen again because the pekins (which Iknow to be drakes) started to mount it. But THEN I noticed the drakes were trying to mount EVERYTHING including eachother. So them being only 3 months old I can now assume my pekins are just confused and I am back to thinking ths rouen is still a drake. It is much darker than the other one and I noticed (maybe you can tell in the pic) that the 'black stripe' has a hint of green to it in the sunlight.

    Please someone tell me what you think, because if it is a drake I need to find him a new home as I have 5 drakes and one hen as it is [​IMG]

    This is a close up

    This is a pic of the front of the one in question, standing next to the one I know is a hen

    How old do they have to be before they get the white ring on their neck?

    Thanks to anyone who can help
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  2. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Do the voice test. If it has a softer raspy voice it's a male. If it has a loud strong more quacking or even honking it's a girl. You can also look at the bill color. Almost all male ducks have dark green bills. Girls can have black, yellow and black or brownish bills. If it's old enough, around 4 or 5 months, you can look at the tail feathers, if any of the top feathers are curling or have slight curls that's a good way to tell also. Hope this helps.[​IMG] It's hard to tell in the pictures.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Upstate NY
    If you look straight down at the top of it's head, the dark brown may have a green "sheen". If so, it's a drake. Unfortunately to be real sure, you may need to keep it a while to be absolutely sure.

    I got what I thought was a female Rouen for my lonely mallard drake and guess what? Drake!
  4. MommaBugg

    MommaBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    can anyone else help? The voice test is not too accurite with this duck [​IMG] one minute its loud then raspy. Would a 3 month old rouen drake still look like this one?

    Please anyone with knowledge of rouens help me out, I need to downsize my flock very soon, and I only have one known hen, so I dont want to cull this duck if its a hen.
  5. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
    You would have to keep him about another month to see about the feathers. My Rouen drake got his head feathers last. He was identical to my hen until he started to get his adult feathers. The only thing that I noticed different was really raspy sound he had. He never had a loud voice even when he tried. His bill started to turn a really pretty olive green before anything else on him changed, hence the name Oliver. Good luck and hopefully it's a girl [​IMG]
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Yep, my Rouen drake is just now changing feathers at just over 4 months.
  7. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    I think it is a hen. The orange bill with the black patch on it sure tells me its a hen. I have 3 month old Rouens and the drakes heads are turning green, they are getting the white neck ring and they are putting out the gray feathers on their bodies. I see none of that on the duck you are holding.
  8. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    well I can tell you that my drakes hatched in December and started getting green on their heads at about maybe March or April, however if you pick it up and it is loud quack then it is a girl and if it is still raspy then I would say male, otherwise you may have to wait a few more weeks for green head color
  9. OldMcJohnny

    OldMcJohnny Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Phoenix area, AZ
    I've been studying these ducks a lot. I have never seen a Rouen hen with a yellow or orange bill. Those are drakes every time I've seen them. If someone has a photo of a hen with a yellow or orange bill I would be very interested in seeing it.
  10. schmooscontrol

    schmooscontrol Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2015
    I have one about the same age I can't tell either. My drake will grab him/her by the back of the neck and ride but I can't tell if it is displaying dominance or trying to breed.

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