Welsh Harlequin Gender Question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BrownDucks, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. BrownDucks

    BrownDucks Hatching

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    We ordered four sexed welsh harlequins (females) from Metzer Farms. They are a little over five months old now. Two looked very similar once they began to get their feathers - both had fairly dark heads and markings. One has continued to get lighter, but this one has gotten darker and darker. Does this look like a male or a female to you, or could the difference at this age still be unclear?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. kristy2122

    kristy2122 In the Brooder

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    Looks a lot like my WH drake Donald
     
  3. Turnix

    Turnix In the Brooder

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    I think you most likely have a hen. By this age, the drake's bill usually starts to turn olive green.

    Does it quack?
     
  4. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

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    Looks like a young golden phase (welsh harlequin) male to me, one of my males didn't get his green beak until he was fully mature
     
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  5. BrownDucks

    BrownDucks Hatching

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    Interesting. Thanks for the input! "Her" beak actually seems slightly greenish at the tip. I thought she used to quack, but we had her in a big group of other ducks, and she does seem to be making a different sound than the other ladies (but also different from my male Golden 300) I suppose I should pick her up tomorrow and see what sound she makes!
     
  6. jducour

    jducour Songster

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    That tail looks like it wants to curl. I am really interested to see what you think when you pick her up tomorrow. I am looking at that band on her leg - is it really tight? It should be removed as soon as possible if you can, they can cause circulation problems if they are too tight - and worse if it is restricting blood supply.

    Girl or boy, that is one gorgeous duck! [​IMG]
     
  7. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

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    Sorry if my post was confusing, I meant to say golden phase welsh harlequin [​IMG]
     

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