How To Tell The Difference Between A Duck And A Drake

From about 5 weeks of age it may be possible to tell the difference between a duck and a drake.

how would u know a duck from a drake i got them 8 weeks ago they are starting to get there feathers and I am curious to know. Marcella

Hi Marcella,
My ducks are coming up to 5 weeks old, so I should soon know myself whether I have ducks or drakes or both.
Apparently you may be able to tell the difference by their tail feathers and it is the male that has curling tail feathers. Some breeds of duck the male are more brightly coloured. Also some breeds show a different colour in their bills from about 6 weeks between the male and female, where the females is usually darker.
I believe that drakes usually have larger bodies and heads and a softer quack, whereas the female has a louder more distinctive quack. The distinction by call can be made from 5 weeks onwards.
I hope you find this information useful. Let me know what breed you have and how many males and females.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

I look forward to finding out the gender of my 7 khaki campbell ducks. I’ll let you know once I have found out!

2 thoughts on “How To Tell The Difference Between A Duck And A Drake

  1. Hi Scott,
    Welcome to farmingfriends and thank you for your question.
    Generally domestic ducks start to lay around 21 to 26 weeks of age.
    Although ducks will lay anywhere they can be trained to lay in low nest boxes especially if you place some pot eggs in the box. Plenty of straw which is changed frequently will help to keep the eggs clean once they start to lay. As they approach 20 weeks I would put some pot eggs in a low nest box or place a big pile of straw in the corner of the hut with some pot eggs in. My ducks started laying at 20 weeks old.
    I have found that my khaki campbell ducks generally lay their eggs early morning which means that it is not difficult to collect the eggs as they usually lay them in the hut before they are let out to free range for the day.
    I hope this helps.
    Let me know how you get on with your ducks and their laying.
    I also have a free forum with a section about ducks that may be of interest to you. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=5 (Just to let you know I have had to add the data back to the forum after my web hosting company made an error and deleted the forum – so the members are just beginning to build up again.)
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Hi i am in the same boat,i was given 2 beautiful little Khaki Campbells which are now around 3 months old.Do you know at what age they would start laying and if you need to do anything special to trigger their production (pile of hay ,etc)?
    Regards
    Scott

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