Runner Ducks - Is she a he????

pips&peeps

There is no "I" in Ameraucana
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
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Newman Lake, WA
I supposedly had five blue female runner ducks last spring. I also had 8 chocolate females.

Well, yesterday I was outside watching the little buggers march around and I saw one of the blue ones jump on top of one of the chocolate.....

I know they can do a dominance type ritual where they would mount and get off the other duck, but this seemed to look like actual mating. Rear to rear contact was trying to be made.

This duck has no curl in the tail and does not seem to have any dark or green sheen about the head like my chocolate male runners do.

Do you think it is a boy? Oh, and I have been getting 12 eggs per day for the last 3-4 days, not 13 like I should if he were a she were a he. Oh I'm so confused!!!!

Thanks,
 

DrakeMaiden

Overrun with Drakes
12 Years
Jun 8, 2007
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Kitsap County, WA
If you have no drake then dominant females will do this. We thought for a long time we had one runner drake and one runner duck, but we finally started getting 2 eggs per day. I think they are just really frustrated ducks!


The only way to be sure is to watch and see if you see any corkscrew-like organs. Sorry for the visual.
 

pips&peeps

There is no "I" in Ameraucana
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
8,431
165
341
Newman Lake, WA
I have two drakes now and I can tell them apart by the green sheen on the necks, the curly feather on the tail and the nice quiet voices they have.

My girl runners could wake the dead!
 

snugglepup

Songster
12 Years
Apr 15, 2007
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Creedmoor, NC
I have to tell you, my runners are the most bohemian critters I've ever seen. We get boy on girl, boy on boy, girl on boy, and girl on girl. There is one female in particular that always seems to be starting it.
 

Dodgegal79

Songster
12 Years
Dec 1, 2007
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Princeton BC Canada
I did have a runner that I thought was a girl but then it got a drake feather, and it was about 1 1/2 old. So I'm not sure what it was, but I never seen it get mounted by another drake, and I had 3 runner drakes already.
 

pips&peeps

There is no "I" in Ameraucana
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
8,431
165
341
Newman Lake, WA
I guess I will have to go out and spend alot of time with them and listen to their voices. It is so obvious on the males.
 

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