sexually confused pekin

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jamesk53, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. jamesk53

    jamesk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an androgynous pekin. It has a darker bill like a male, but it doesn't have a curled tail feather and it quacks like a female. I've read several places that the bill color is one of the most reliable methods of determining sex so I'm confused. I have several pekins all raised together and the bill color and tails are consistent with the rest. Anyone else seen conflicted signs of sex in pekins?
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a pic? I go by the "quack" and wether they have the drake feather or not. I've never heard of sexing by the color of beak.
     
  3. jamesk53

    jamesk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll upload some pics. You've never heard of the color of the bill as a sign of sex? of the 10 birds I raised, every other one with a darker color bill is a male and every one with a lighter is a female, this is the only duck that isn't consistent.
     
  4. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No sorry I haven't.
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    That's interesting. My Pekin ducks and drakes all had exactly the same color of orange bill. The SOP calls for the same color of bill on ducks and drakes for Pekin.

    I wonder about the validity of your theory about bill color on Pekin..
     
  6. MamaDuck1

    MamaDuck1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not for pekins. Hmmm. Definitely welsh halequins, though!
     

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