When will Burt & Ernie tell me what sex they are?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by superchemicalgirl, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Hi there,
    I'm a very new duck owner. I've read Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks... but I'm still confused.

    Burt & Ernie were born at the end of August. I was told they were Mallard x Call crosses. They're about 6 weeks old, now. I keep looking for that curly butt feather thing that males get. Both their butts look about the same right now.

    Based upon their coloring I'd say I have a boy (dark) and a girl (light), but when will those curly butt feathers come in?

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  2. TammyC

    TammyC Out Of The Brooder

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    My drake was about 2 months old before I knew the sex. Males have a quieter quack and females are louder and he was about 4 months old when I could really tell by the tail feathers.
     
  3. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Mostly they still sound like peeps... but occasionally I hear a loud quack, but of course I'm never near enough to tell who it is. I also assume that because they're call duck crosses they're going to be louder than your average ducks.

    Oh well, patience.
     
  4. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It took a full four months for my male Rouen to get his adult feathers and for my two Pekin boys to get their drake feathers.
     
  5. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Is it going to be longer for me since winter is coming? I'm assuming they won't then transition to adult male colors until spring?
     
  6. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Id say you have a male and a female, because of the coloring.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Looks that way to me too, but pick each one up and you might be able to tell then, the girl will probably bust your ear drums quacking. lol. They sure are pretty.
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bill on the dark one seems to be yellowing, so it might be a boy. I can't see the bill on the lighter one.

    We had a duck show up at the lake that looked just like the lighter one. Very pretty!
     
  9. GrannyCarol

    GrannyCarol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that by the age yours are, I can pick them up and the girls will definitely quack and the boys won't. The boys may still peep (and the girls at times), but if you have a quacker, you have at least one girlie duck! Yay! I don't think the dark/light means anything, sorry, its just the color variant they are. The voice is my first indication, I can tell that at about 3 weeks - when they feed happy girls "chortle" in a duck noise that boys never make. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell who is chortling... but at least I have an idea that I have girls and if there are a lot of them!

    At 8 weeks, they finish up their first full set of feathers. In a few days after that they start to molt those out and should get their first adult colors at about 3 months. You shouldn't have to wait for spring. [​IMG]

    Cute duckies!
     
  10. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    Quote:Thank you for this response. A few days ago they started molting. Wow, how different they are from chickens.
     

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