welsh harlequins (unknown sex)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Medusa M, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Medusa M

    Medusa M Out Of The Brooder

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    a while ago i got myself two day old welsh harlequin ducks ,they are now almost adults but im unsure what sex they are (as i have never had this breed before) i have provided some photos of the two ducks and any help on whether these ducks gender would be much appreciated (hopeully i have a breeding pair [​IMG])

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    i am ot sure but i suspect this may be a female (only due to colour and no coloured head and neck but as i have said before i really dont know)



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    this is the suspected male (i only think hes the male because of his coloured head and neck but hes accutaly smaller than the white one )??

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    this is the white one again (suspected female)



    if you know the difference between male and female welsh harlequins i would love to hear from you and any photos of your welsh harlequins would help alot ...thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like you should reverse your theory. Girls will have a light colored head, males with darker. The dark specks coming onto the head of the first one, a female wouldn't have. But more importantly, what do they sound like? Only the girl will outright quack.
     
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  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    The bill colour may also give an indication to you at this age- the males bill may be turning a more green colour - I think i can see that in the first and third photo. It may just be the lighting though.
     
  4. Medusa M

    Medusa M Out Of The Brooder

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    oh...so dose this mean that the male is white ???i suppose that would make sence since the white duck is much bigger thank the coloured one :)
     
  5. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Size isnt always a big indicator - I breed Harlequin coloured Indian Runners- so I am just going by what I know from my own flock. The males heads will darken as they molt and get their next set of feathers. Good Harlequins are hard to find here in Australia though- over here on the eastern side I only know of one breeder who has really good birds.


    Hee are a young male and female of mine a few years ago- older than yours- but still it shows how much the males can change as they grow.


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