when will my wood ducks get their adult colors and when will i?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by lcw1995, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. lcw1995

    lcw1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Marysville Ohio
    i have 2 that hatched may 25-26th...
    Wondering when they get there adult colors and also when will i be able to tell the sex of them?
    Thanks,
    Cole.
     
  2. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 60 days, the eye color should change. As soon as they get tertials, you should be able to sex them, which would be about 2 weeks before the eye color change.


    from Sam Carney's wing age/sex determination manual.
    Age Determination of Males
    Immature tertials are pale bronze with pointed, usually frayed, tips. Immature tertial coverts are narrow and yellow-green. Most immatures replace both tertials and tertial coverts with dark blue adult-type feathers by late October. As the immature middle and lesser coverts are replaced by the adult-type plumage, the presence of a few dark blue feathers among the duller coverts indicates immaturity. Usually, the dark blue does not extend onto the third row of coverts and is much restricted to the area anterior to the proximal half of the secondaries. Generally, coverts of adults are somewhat wider and tend to lie more smoothly on the wing and the dark blue usually extends on to the third row of coverts and extends farther distally than on wings of immatures.
    Age Determination of Females
    Immature tertials are pale bronze with pointed, usually frayed, tips. Immature tertial coverts are narrow and yellow-green. Most immatures replace both tertials and tertial coverts with purplish red adult-type feathers by late October. Usually, the blue iridescence is confined to two rows of coverts and is restricted to the proximal half of the immature wing. Adult coverts are somewhat wider and tend to lie more smoothly on the wing. Dark blue usually extends onto the third row of coverts and extends farther distally than on the immature coverts.

    Clint
     
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    flip em over and vent sex them at any age
    Will be glad to teach you
    at a 5-6 months of age the male's facial pattern will come in to, also like Clint said the eye will change color
    Full on adult coloration happens late winter usually on first year birds, early hatches will get in mid fall
     

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