When can you tell mallards apart by their coloring?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by floyd242, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. floyd242

    floyd242 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    Decatur, GA
    When can you tell mallards apart by their coloring? I have 2 that are about 8 weeks old and they are both looking like females. However, one of them is slightly lighter and has orange feet, and the other is slightly darker with darker feet. Also the darker one makes a harsh quack sound and the lighter one doesn't really quack, just a high pitched squeak kind of like she is whistling... sometimes she makes a little louder noise, but it's nothing like the darker one.

    I think they're both females, but they are kind of different so I'm not sure.


  2. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2010
    central massacheezits
    It really sounds like you have a female and male. But I think I recall their color changing around 10-12 weeks old, and the drake feather won't come in until maybe 16 weeks or more.

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