When can I tell drake from hen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Moochie, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    My crested ducks are young, about 5 weeks old. They are fully feathered and I'm wondering when I should be able to tell their genders.. There is no curl on neither of their tails, but would it show up by now? Just making sure because I just got a rouen drake today and I don't want any troubles when the crested ducks get older.
    As for the pitch of the quack, the smaller one sounds more quacky and the larger one still has a higher cheepy voice. Neither don't sound like the drake, who has a deep quacky voice.

  2. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    It will be a while before their tails curl, maybe a few months, im not exactly sure though
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    It's still a little young. They won't get the curl until they start to get their adult plumage. But, at around 6 or 7 weeks old, you'll notice the voice change. Females will get VERY loud if they get separated from their mom or brood mates at this age. You will notice females quacking before the males get their raspy voice.
  4. Totes Quackers

    Totes Quackers Chirping

    Apr 17, 2011
    I only have 1 duck and he is my first quacker, a khaki campbell. He was for sure a girl until around 3 1/2 months old when all of sudden his head started turning green, followed shortly by the raspy quack and then around 4-4 1/2 months he got his curl in his tail! I'm not sure if all breeds follow a general pattern with this but that's how it went with my handsome boy!
  5. Moochie

    Moochie Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    Darnit. Can anyone post a link to a video so I can hear the differences?

  6. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    do any have noticeably wider bills and feet? If they are heavier bodied, they MIGHT be boys.
  7. Moochie

    Moochie Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    Quote:The rancher who sold us the crested told us muscovies have thicker legs.. Ugh, the rouens we're getting.. The lady who is selling them to us said that we won't be able to tell the sex until the tails curl or when breeding season comes to. They're 4 months old, would the curl be there yet?
  8. Rosebud 18

    Rosebud 18 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    middle Tn
    My 3 1/2 month old welsh harlequin has his curl but my swedish and runners don't have theirs as yet. So I guess it would depend on the breed as to when they get the curl in tail feathers.
  9. GrannyCarol

    GrannyCarol Chirping

    Jul 7, 2011
    At four months old a duck will "Quack!" if you pick her up and thus annoy her for a minute. A drake makes a much different sound, the raspy "wheep wheep" noise. They may or may not show the drake feathers depending on molt, but a drake will likely have them at 4 months - at 3 months they start to molt into adult plumage. I find I can tell ducks and drakes apart by voice as early as 4 weeks, if we catch them and listen carefully. By 5 - 6 weeks, its very easy to tell by voice. At 11 weeks, my boys are starting to have the pretty male colors, depending on the breed and color a drake will have a bright green head (Rouens would be included in this pattern) and the hens will have brown stripey heads. A drake will have a red chest, a hen will be brown and stripey.

    This is one of my favorite sites with a lot of pictures (Rouen page):


    That ought to help. [​IMG]

  10. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    trying typing in YouTube sexing ducks in you search engine I'm sure there is something there.

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