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When do drakes get drake feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Blackberry18, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting ducks for the first time next year and am going purchase some Khaki Campbells. I might want to try vent sexing just to see how it goes for me, but I'm wondering how early the male's "drake" or "sex" feathers appear which can easily determine the sex of the duck. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Bills vs Beaks

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    Around 4 months
    If you want to know sooner, try voice sexing. The girls will quack and the boys will still peep at around 3 months
    Don't do vent sexing unless you are show how by a pro
    You don't want to injure them

    Khakis are great layers, good luck
     
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  3. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a lot! I knew that ducks and drakes sounded different when grown up, but didn't realize you could sex them like that. Interesting, thanks.
     
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    Your welcome
    Just let me reiterate, don't do the vent sexing with out someone who knows exactly what they are doing
    I don't even have the guts to do it, I just cringe when I thing of bending those lil things backwards...all I can think of is breakin their spine ...ugh
    Anyway have fun with em, I love my khakis
     
  5. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha Thanks. I've had someone show me how to do it before, and once or twice myself, but without much success. I've tried wing sexing, which is fairly accurate, but only if they are a day old.
     
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    Never heard of wing sexing
     
  7. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? I watched it done one. It's basically where you look at the day-old chicks' wing feathers. Female chicks' feathers are all the same length, while males' are alternating in length.
     
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    Cant do that on ducklings though, right?
     
  9. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so, but I'm not sure.
     
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    Ok , coz duckling don't have feathers when they are born. They have down
     

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