Sexing Rouen Ducks--6 weeks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by my sunwolf, May 8, 2013.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    My guess? they are precious :)
     
  2. Cwood13

    Cwood13 Hatching

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    IMAG0157.jpg I'm new to ducks and this is the first time I'm raising them. I have six. They are five months old and have gotten one egg a day for the last six days. So, I can assume I only have one female but I'm not sure. I need help identifying them. Here is a picture of them.
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Look like Hens to me. They don't all begin to lay at the same time...
     
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  4. Cwood13

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    The one in the right front has a white ring around it's neck and long white feathers showing in the back. I did notice that five of them have blue feathers and one does not. I really don't know how to tell the difference between them other than what I've read.
     
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  5. Squiggs

    Squiggs Chirping

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    My family has 2 year old a Rouen hen with a partial neck ring too :) She had them confused for months!

    I'm going to guess they are all hens except for the one on the far left with his face turned. I think that duck may be a drake based on the dark unbroken black stripe on his head, the sort of dusty less penciled look of his feathers overall, and what appears to be a more greenish bill. However, it's not always a perfect indicator since the hen I mentioned also had a dark stripe when she was young.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Definitely by this age of 5 months the Drake would have a green head and Drake feathers in its tail. Non have the stance of a Drake either..
     
  7. Squiggs

    Squiggs Chirping

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    Oops! I didn't even notice she mentioned their ages...:oops:

    Yes, at 5 months this is what the familys' Rouen looked like. Very different indeed!

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  8. Cwood13

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    Here's a couple more pics. A little closer look. IMAG0159.jpg IMAG0160.jpg
     
  9. Daphne_loves_mealworms

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    Lovely duck family! Do they all quack loudly? I have 1 Rouen hen (and two Muscovies) and her quack could raise the dead!
     
  10. Cwood13

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    No, not really. Some of them are kinda quiet and others are loud. Not sure if it's normal but some of them do this weird quacking thing while they bob their heads in a cross cross manner. But they always seem to know when I'm outside even if they don't see me. Then they really start quacking.
     

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