So Strange, I think I have a he/she duck.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hayley411, May 24, 2010.

  1. Hayley411

    Hayley411 New Egg

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    Okay so both of my swede's have green bills and one has drake feathers but only one has the whispery raspy sound of a drake(one without drake feathers) the other has a definite quack. What's going on? Can a male duck get a quack or can a female get a green bill and drake feathers? I am soo confused. LOL. Help. I need to know if I have two drakes or only one. If I have two that means I need to reserve some ducks from the breeder near me.

    ~Hayley
     
  2. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes a duck will go through a "sex change" (something like menopause I guess), where she stops laying and develops male plumage (due to a hormonal change when egg production stops). Her voice would still be the same, but she'd look like a drake and wouldn't lay any eggs.

    There's an example of that happening with a Runner duck on Feathersite, about 3/4 down the page: http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Ducks/Runners/BRKRunners.html

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    it's something like that?
     
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  3. Hayley411

    Hayley411 New Egg

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    Well I don't know they are only 4-5 months old now. Haven't started laying. This is why I'm so confused. LOL

    ~Hayley
     
  4. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm....that is strange!

    From what I know, a drake cannot quack - the vocal structure is different between the sexes, making it physically impossible.

    Your girl probably just has some hormones out-of-whack. Either that, or she's a hermaphrodite! [​IMG]
     
  5. Hayley411

    Hayley411 New Egg

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    Well that's been the running joke around here for the past week or so. Beaker the Hermaphro-duck. LOL [​IMG]
    Fantastic [​IMG] I hope it is just hormones out-of-whack and with time maybe they will even out.

    ~Hayley
     

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