What sex are my mallard ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mcnicolclan, May 8, 2011.

  1. mcnicolclan

    mcnicolclan Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my first 4 mallard ducklings from Tractor Supply. They are now about 5 wks old and fully feathered. They all look exactly alike with brown feathers, some white/blue on the wings and their heads are black with a green shine. At this point can I assume they are all female or does the male coloring show up later?
     
  2. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the most part, the bills on the males have/develop a green color vs the females with a yellow/orange. I havn't owned them, but know the genral concept from my natural resource class.
     
  3. Yellow House Farm

    Yellow House Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    at this point in time, the hens should have their "quack". Pick each one up, and they'll wmit a distress call. They females should be developing a quack, whereas they males maintain their rasp.
     
  4. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree - it's the quack vs. the rasp. The difference is absolute.
     
  5. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know rouens are a little different from mallards. But i can definately say that i agree with duckking and Yellow House Farm. The quack should be in. On my rouen i could also tell the difference in bill color. Mine are about the same age and my male looks exactly like my female except he has a greenish tent to his bill and hers is dark with yellow orange. [​IMG]

    Edited to say: The males will look like the famales until the reach maturity. That when they get the male coloring. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2011
  6. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A greenish tint on the top of the head tells me drake. The voice (quack vs raspy & hoarse) is another indicator. The females are LOUD.
     
  7. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    with our TSC mallards last year, all four looked alike. The voice told the difference. When the ducklings were around 4 months old, the drake started to molt & change colors and get his boy feathers/coloring.
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  8. vweston

    vweston New Egg

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    I to am confused with mine. They all sound the same to me. They are starting to turn white. R there other cues to tell em apart
     

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