Sexing?? Also why are they losing so many feathers

Chicken Cryptid

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The ducks are about 10 weeks old. We have two Pekins and two White Layers. We believe one of the Pekins is a drake and one is a female, but we have no idea about the white layers because they are so close to the same size! Is it still too early to tell? This is our first experience with ducks! Lol
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also they keep losing feathers, theyre all over theground in and around their pen, is this normal? In the past few days it’s been breezy so some of the feathers have blown away.
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Magnolia Ducks

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It's a little early but they are probably starting to get adult feathers and molting juvenile feathers. I would worry, they look good. You sex them by voice. Hens Quack and Drakes rasp. Size is not a reliable indicator.
 

nchls school

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Sexing is pretty easy; Just listen to each vocalize. Hens will be trying to quack and are much louder than the drakes. Drakes have a softer raspy hiss. If it's loud it is female.

At ten weeks your ducks are molting into their adult feathering. Of course with white ducks you'll not see much of a change other than a curl in front of the drake's tail. My call ducks are about the same age as yours. My drake is going from a drab brown to the beautiful mallard colors.

Our ducks have a similar ancestor-the wild mallard. Most of the domestic duck breeds share this in common.
 

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