Sexing Ducks At 17 Weeks???? Making Me Nuttier Than Usual! Please?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ranchhand, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hello duck nuts! [​IMG]

    I have 3 Mallards and 1 Khaki Campbell. All are 17 weeks. I am going a bit crazier than usual because I can't tell who is what. Every time I get within earshot and can SEE them.... they all shut up. I have tried spying with binoculars, sending DH out while I quack from the porch, sitting out by them for hours..... all to no avail.

    I haven't had any ducks for 20 years or more, anyone want to take a guess, please?

    Thanks for any ideas/suggestions!

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    Forgot to say, no curly tail feathers evident yet.
     
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  2. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, I'd say all girls as none of them look like they're going green, but you never know... [​IMG]
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Best is to corner them and pick them up one at a time. Trust me they will scream and you will hear a raspy hissing sound from the boys, while the girls will produce a very loud rack-rack-rack quack.

    Oh forgot at that age all the boys should have a curly feather at their rear.
     
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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hmmm.... cornering them will be tough, I don't walk, much less lunge real well! I have already had close contact with duck mud - could be the next secret anti-aging cream! Since I live in Hollywood, SC, I could say it's the latest beauty secret from Hollywood! [​IMG]

    If they are all girls, it will be a miracle - I have a real talent for hatching and/or picking out roos! It'll ruin my reputation, [​IMG]

    I am sure on the age and lack of curled tail feathers though. Wow, it would be wonderful to have all hens!

    Thanks for the help! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    All girls? [​IMG] That's so out of character for you!

    Remember I get royalties on the beauty products!
     
  6. DuckLady

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    They all look like mallards. I don't see a Khaki Campbell in the bunch.
    Based on bill coloring I would say all girls.

    They should be quacking loud and clear by now.
     
  7. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Terrie,

    Bill color? Will you elaborate please? I have three that I am trying to sex. One is quite a little bully.
    Thanks,


    Kim
     
  8. DuckLady

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    Mallard drakes tend to have green bills.
    Mallard ducks tend to have mottled yellow and greenish brown bills.

    Looking again at the pics, I see the Khaki and it might be a drake because of the darker brown head, though it also looks like a mix.
     
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:ACK! QUACK! That's the only one who quacks like crazy.... I think. A mix of what do you think? They all came from Mt. Healthy via TSC.

    If they are all females, I will be astounded!

    ETA, once I saw the Khaki/whoever quack like crazy. Only once. The others are very quiet, that's one reason I am so confused!
     
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  10. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] No longer a Roo magnate [​IMG] [​IMG]

    well I suppose you don't have drakes....it may not be the same for roos! [​IMG]
     

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