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How do i tell if my ducks are male or female?
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markct    Posted 08-11-2003 at 11:12:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have 3 ducks that we bought as ducklings from TSC back in the spring, how do we tell if they are male or female, they seem to have different colors on each of them but nothing too obvious, i havent seen any eggs in there house tho so maybe we got all males or all females?

Rbyte    Posted 10-24-2004 at 20:42:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to know which is which all my ducks make some kinda noise but most of them the tail is curled up the darn things make alot of noise and i still don't know which one is makin the noise it is not like a quack it is like a wha wha wha noise. please help me i do have one that the feathers is curled like it is curled with a curlin iron.. how do u tell!!! HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEE

Briarwood    Posted 08-11-2003 at 20:08:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am not familiar with domestic ducks but, when it comes to wild ducks, the answer is it depends on the species. Check with TSC and find out the kind of ducklings they sold. Then look them up in a bird/duck identification book. Unfortunately, immature males/drakes tend to look much like females/hens. There are subtle differences but you must know what to look for. For example, with mallards look for different color bill and feet. Generally, mature drakes of almost every species will develop a much more colorful plummage than hens. Yes, in most cases there is a difference in the call of drakes and hens. It is true that the mallard drake does not quack but it does have a call made during aggression and a whistle during courtship. The mallard hen quacks in a decrescendo when uneasy or separtated from the male. Many kinds of ducks do not "quack" per se but have their own identifying call or whistle.
I would expect that someone at TSC, where you bought the ducks, can help you.


lashaya dunston    Posted 04-06-2006 at 15:20:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can you tell me how you can tell if domestic ducks is a male or female.

Cheryl Patten    Posted 03-22-2006 at 14:03:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe we do indeed have a male pekin duck as he has recently taken to pecking and chasing the lady chickens and several human friends. How do I tell if he is male and will his behavior stop or continue if he does not mate?

Les    Posted 08-11-2003 at 12:11:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Cindi said. Also, don't expect any eggs till next spring. Another way: drakes don't quack. It's the ducks that do all the talking. Also, the drakes are usually pretty while the ducks are drab. Depending what breed you have, of course.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-11-2003 at 12:47:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno about domestic ducks, but drake wild ducks certainly quack...

markct    Posted 08-11-2003 at 12:37:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
well when will they be full grown? and also i think all of them quack but i never realy paid attention, i never knew that only males quacked,thanks guys

Les...Nonono    Posted 08-11-2003 at 13:57:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the FEMALES that quack. At least among white pekins and mallards.
If your ducks were hatched in the spring, they should be pretty well grown by now.

David    Posted 08-11-2003 at 21:44:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
shake 'em...the male ones rattle

Stretch    Posted 08-11-2003 at 15:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know wild mallard drakes don't quack. They make noise but it's a lot quieter. Durn females do all the loud talking.

Who woulda ever thought that...;o)

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-11-2003 at 17:58:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are gonna git in over your head with that one. But yeah, thats unheard of huh?

Cindi    Posted 08-11-2003 at 11:17:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Full grown males will have a curl at the end of their tail.

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