sexing mallard ducks by feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chriswardens52, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 mallard ducklings. They are all feathering out and I have a question on what sex they are. One thing I was questioning is their back feathers. I notice that three of the ducklings have dark colored feathers coming in, but I noticed that there is a dark green tint to them. The other two have light colored brown feathers. I was thinking that the ones with the dark green tinted feathers are male and that the light colored brown feathered ones were female.
     
  2. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they just got their first feathers it's easier to voice sex them. Pick them up one at a time, and wait for them to either quack or squeek. The quackers are females and the squeekers are males.
     
  3. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our ducks are 4 months and the drake just finally got his coloring. We were able to tell by voice around 4-6 weeks. One thing I did notice first was that the drake back feathers started greying around 6weeks too.

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    this is when I first started to notice the difference.
     
  4. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My drakes had a green tint on the heads starting about 6 weeks. I could also tell by their raspy voices that they were males.
     
  5. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for posting this thread! I found it very helpful as I am hoping to sex my Mallard ducklings soon, too! (Though I still have a little bit of a wait as they are only 2 weeks old)
     
  6. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best way to sex mallards from plumage is to look at the tertial coverts. If they have white edging, it's hen. No edging a drake. That's for wild-type mallrds. Thje drake in the pic isn't true wild-type because he has too much edging on his tertials, so it probably wouldn't work on him.

    Clint
     
  7. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, he is not a wild Mallard. We got them at TSC.
     
  8. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and what are the tertial coverts
     

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