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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Taylor, Feb 28, 2010.
Congrats!! They grow up so fast that by next week they will look nothing like they do now.
so i have two ducklings khaki campbells ofcourse a boy and girl, the boy is a little darker is that how its suppose to be or ??
1st day out!!
Congratulations I have to stay in the car now when we go to TSC because of this, lol
I'm still trying to sex our KC's but here's some info I've gathered from this site on the subject:
4-6 wks BEAN – male darker then rest of the bill
5-8 wks head and neck – male slightly darker then body
Barrowed from this website http://community-2.webtv.net/saraarmstrong/EggDucklingHelp/
Sight Sexing Ducklings! (for Khaki Campbell's only)
There are 2 kinds of Khaki Campbells. Light and Dark.
The Darker Khaki's are a darker shade of khaki brown. The Light Khaki's are a lighter shade of khaki brown.
Now comes the interesting part, you have to look at the bean on the end of the bill. The adult males have a darker bean then the rest of their bill. The adult females have a bean that is very close to the color of the bill.
You won't be able notice the difference until 4 to 6 weeks of age. As they grow you will see a gradual change as the color deepens. Then one day it will be just as plain as the bean on their bill
Here are the adult bill and bean colors:
-Dark Khaki Campbell Drakes has a bluish green bill and black bean.
-Light Khaki Campbell Drakes has a yellow bill and a medium brown bean.
-Dark Khaki Campbell Hens has a slate gray bill and bean.
-Light Khaki Campbell Hens has a slate gray bill and carmel colored bean.
-I have one Lighter Khaki Campbell Hen who dosen't quite fit the standard, she has a medim brown bill and a carmel colored bean. She's very cute and sweet.
Another difference between a male and a female duckling is at 5 to 8 weeks of age. When the male's head and the neck become a shade or two darker then the body feathers. The female feathers are a uniform shade of brown.
A male is about 20% larger then a female.
Now if you think you have a good ear, the voice of a young male is different from a female. As adults the male has a raspy voice, in younger males you can sense that raspy sounding voice. But, it is a challange to detect it. In females the voice is a clear quack and in the young females it sounds like a squeeky toy.
Now, this won't work for most other breeds of ducks, because the bean may not be darker in the adults
Sooo cute and sooo big already
My KC is about 3 weeks old and still has a chocolate-colored bill/bean, same as the feet? Will that start to change in the next couple of weeks?
Can u guys post pics of your feeders & water containers. My duckies are getting big & the ones @ TSC are for beaks it seems, not bills.
I like these....always make sure holes aren't large enough for ducklings to climb inside. and cut larger as they grow. Not my babies though i found this on the BYC archives.
I think my next ducklings I will use this idea. I just couldn't get it right, but I don't have a specially built brooder either... Another "to-do" for my DH.
Gotta keep em busy.