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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by shawnadoodlebug, Oct 10, 2011.
My two babies!!
Mine are about the same age, I can't tell yet either, this is my first year of having ducks. There is a thread that describes how the tail feathers are different between male and female, there will be tail feathers that curl upwards on a male, the female's tail feathers stay neat/even. Also as their chirps turn to quacks, a male will have a more quiet quack and will quack less often than females.
Mine are about the same age, I can't tell yet either, this is my first year of having ducks. There is a thread that describes how to tell them apart before they start laying eggs, as they get older the tail feathers are different between male and female, there will be tail feathers that curl upwards on a male, the female's tail feathers stay neat/even. Also as their chirps turn to quacks, a male will have a more quiet quack and will quack less often than females.
Yep, voice sexing is the best way to tell before the laying stage. Females will QUACK and you will know it when you hear it. The typical quack you think of when you think of ducks. Males instead make a raspy, quieter peeping noise, or kind of a whispery quack.. not the obvious, loud quacks of a female. There is an audio example somewhere on the web, I can't remember quite where, but I'm sure google can get you there. Been meaning to make samples of my own using my ducks but haven't gotten to it yet.
I saw several people's pictures of ducks and chickens together. I just got 4 ducks. Not sure how old they are but the three gals are laying. Laid 3 eggs the next day after I got them! I have them separated from the chickens (well, the same coop but the far end that I can make it closed off so they're separted). The ducks haven't had much human interaction other than when the man fed and watered them. They're very timid. I hope to be able to teach them to go down the chicken ramp into the yard with fresh, green grass. They've always been in a pen. The duck's part of the coop is the far right (the far two right doors) and their yard is on the right too. Think I could slowly introduce them to the chickens?
I love your ducks! I just got 4 ducklings that are blue swedish. I can't wait to see them grow and develop their colors!
My three gals are still laying 100%. They've laid 7 eggs the last 7 days! They're laying better than my chickens! Is this normal? Don't they take a day off?! We're getting LOTS of rain and the chickens are hiding but the ducks are digging this.
I just built this duck house today with the help of two neighbors. Thank God for good neighbors! I need to add some hardware cloth on it yet and finish a few other things but they'll spend the night in this and will be free to roam in the fenced yard. The nest comes off and the door to the right of the nest flips up. And the roof flips up too. I'm going to add some wheels so I can move it as needed. The chickens are checking it out already seeing who poops on it first!
Just got my very first ducks 10 days ago. I can literally watch them for hours. I have 6 swedish, 2 pekins, 2 rouens.
Yah! I love showing off all my ducks! I am so happy I ran across this thread. I have 6 blue swedish ducklings that will be a month old on Wednesday. I ordered them from Strombergs as part of a larger order. I also have a black Swedish and another possible black Swedish that I bought from Atwoods. Here are my babies! Enjoy the pics and I would love to hear your thoughts on the possible Swedish.
. Here's the group of 6 plus a couple of my mallards. The next few are just some closer shots of this same group.
(one of my little Khakis wanted in this photo too)
. And my black Swedish from Atwoods.
This is the one I'm not sure about. This duck came from my local Atwoods, who get their ducklings from Ideal. (Atwoods only order assortments so they have no idea what they are getting). As a baby it was black with a yellow bib but lost almost all the bib as it got its feathers. I wondered if it is still considered a black Swedish but with just a really "bad" bib? I was also told that it might be a Cayuga and it might lose the few white feathers? It is still very young and is still getting the very last of its feathers. Would love to hear any thoughts!
Hey everyone! I just got started with two ducks a little over 2 weeks ago. I have 2 Blue Swedish a male and female that I ordered. I think I'm doing everything right so far and they seem to be very happy. I will post a couple of pics of them. I have a small stream that they can get in and do their thing, they love it. I'm anxious to see what they will end up looking like.
Falco and Fiona. Falco is behind Fiona, he has the pink on the tip of his beak and yellow tips on his wings..
Fiona is causing the ripples