When do mallards mature into adult plumage?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by monarc23, May 18, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Just curious if I deffinatly DO have two ducks or a drake and a duck [​IMG]


    They both from a glance look hen, but the one has emrald green right behind its' wings to the tail...so I"M HOPING I have a pair but wanting to know if it's possible that the green on the head/neck on the drake takes longer to come in or not? They are a lil over a month old.
     
  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I couldn't tell until about 17 weeks old.
    The tail curl is a definate drake sign.
    The loudest ones- they're the girls.
     
  3. ducklover15

    ducklover15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The easiest way for me to tell at a young age is the sound they make. Drakes make an almost 'whisper' quack sound and females have very loud defined quacks.
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    yeppers the one that i thnk is a drake doesnt quack and the one I think is a duck quacks loudly esp when she sees birds fly over [​IMG] Now I just wait for the color to come in on my HOEPFULLY drake! Thanks for the 17 weeks info! Now I wait! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

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    my cresty Jumper still has the bronze feathers and wide black barring of a youngster, she should start her molt soon, hens molt alot faster than drakes.
     

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