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Sexing mallard juveniles

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WampusCat, May 17, 2012.

  1. WampusCat

    WampusCat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have six mallards that I got as ducklings about 6-7 weeks ago. Theyre starting to really feather out now and I noticed today that four of them have the faintest green tint to their heads in the sunlight. If I had to wager a guess Id say I had four males and two females. But I want other opinions. Their voices havent changed enough yet that I can tell who's quacking and who isnt.
     
  2. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't rely on the tint....if their wings are feathering out look at the tertial coverts, white edged are females and no white edging males.

    Clint
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If they haven't changed by now you could have all of one sex. By that age I could sex all of my mallards by their call
     
  4. WampusCat

    WampusCat Out Of The Brooder

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  5. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    x2 i cant see a difference in them at all :-( mine have quakes that are close but not the same but i want other ways to tell them apart. to me they seem to have slightly different coloration but im sure thats just me right now they are around 6 weeks old
     
  6. GoingQuackers

    GoingQuackers Out Of The Brooder

    My mallards are 9 weeks old now. Take a look of this pic from a few weeks ago. The female is on the left and the male is on the right. Pay close attention to the long feathers at the end of the wing. Notice the lightening on the male? Keep watching and see if any of yours do the same thing soon. A few days after I noticed the color change, their raspy boy-quack became evident.

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  7. Missy60

    Missy60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a great picture of the differences in the wings. It makes total sense to me now
     
  8. GoingQuackers

    GoingQuackers Out Of The Brooder

    Glad that this pic helps! And size will become a dead giveaway too. You can see the size difference in the picture too. Males are almost always going to be your biggest of the flock. Given the age of your birds, you should definitely be able to determine sex soon. All the clues will start adding up.
     
  9. nessajean

    nessajean Out Of The Brooder

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    so male or female[​IMG]
     
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    nessajean Out Of The Brooder

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