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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RellaBean2, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. RellaBean2

    RellaBean2 Just Hatched

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    ...in sexing ducks? I purchased 4 rouens at the end of April at only a few days old. I am positive that I have one drake and at least 2 hens (I have posted about this before...) The other one looks like a hen and quacks like a hen but its bill has started to turn an olive green shade. That was the first indication on my drake before he started getting his adult feathers.

    Wouldn't it be on the same feathering schedule as the others? If she was in fact a he wouldn't he have the green head, white stripe, and brown chest that my other drake has?

    Could "he" be a late bloomer? Does bill color really matter? Does the quack say it all?
    I am so confused. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    'He/she' is sending mixed signals for sure. Only time will tell the truth as to gender.
     
  3. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.... ;)
     
  4. RellaBean2

    RellaBean2 Just Hatched

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    Ha! That's what I thought until the bill started to change.
     
  5. RellaBean2

    RellaBean2 Just Hatched

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    Here's a pic
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  6. sallysinnamon

    sallysinnamon Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't know if it'll help any.. I've had females with dark bills and light bills. Actually more dark than light bills. Sometimes it helped me tell them apart! If it's definitely quacking good chance it's a female..
     

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