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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wifezilla, May 13, 2009.
I think I have a duck (left) and a drake (right) based on how their bill color is developing.
One of my drakes just lost his tail curl in the yard. I quick grabbed it for a few pictures.
That is cool as heck
So I originally thought my three ducks had a ratio of 1 male 2 female but I may be looking at two males and 1 female now the only one that quacks is my baby marbles and the others are raspy. I have no clue though because none have the drake feather They are all roughly two months and I'm wondering if they are raspy because of the coughs they are getting over or if they are male
Can anyone tell me based on the bill of this newly hatched little one. It has been chatty since hatching roughly 6 hours ago. It was hatched by a surrogate Showgirl bantam, she's sitting on 1 more duck egg due to hatch any day. It has joined 2 chicks that were also hatched by the same hen (11/1 & 4). Due having 2 roosters in coop with my hens, I felt it safer to bring the babies inside. Plus we've had a lot of rain causing my pens to become mud pits.
Photo #1 is of my Khaki Campbell's duckling.
Photo #2 are of my trio. Black chick is a black Australorp/Rhode island red cross. Cream chick is a red Sexlink/black Australorp cross rooster who I will have to rehome unless I can find homes for 4 of my other roosters.
I don’t think you can tell by the bill color. I thought my KC was a female based on coloring until he was around 3 months old when he got a raspy quack. Color-wise he looks like a female, but he is very much a male. Best way to tell is by their voice around 6 wks old.
Here's an update to my original post. All 4 eggs have hatched (2 chicks, 2 ducks). The second duck (11/7) is a lot smaller than the first one (11/6) and they hatched a day apart. The ducks are 9 and 10 days old, the chicks are 15 and 13 days old as of posting. My Showgirl that hatched the 4 out stole 5 more duck eggs on top of the 3 large breed chicken eggs I gave her to sit on. Can you imagine a 1 1/2 pound chicken sitting on 8 large eggs? She stole the duck eggs 5 days in a row and I didn't have the heart to take them from her, she's VERY broody. She's now been sitting on others eggs for a total of 5 weeks. After this mixed clutch hatches, I won't allow her to sit on any til next Feb.
My ducklings, they are so much calmer than my older ducks at same age when they were given to me. I'm hoping they're either both girls or 1 of each.
Beautiful ducklings Congrats!!
My guess is one male one female based on sizes in the picture.
A mental picture of a 1.5lb chicken sitting on that many ducks IS humorous!