Anne Miller wrote:Our daughter uses the bathtub in the spare bathroom to raise her chicks until they are old enough to go outside.
Jay Angler wrote:
Yes, hopefully you'll have a few girls in there. For those who are new to the duck game, as they start to get their mature feathers, the boys start doing a little "wolf whistle" and the girls start doing the traditional "quack" sound we associate with ducks. The trouble is that young ducks are such groupies, it's *really* hard to tell where the noise is coming from. I had two that were pretty identical and I thought I was hearing a quack out of the pair, but couldn't identify which until I grabbed one and she quacked all about the indignity of it! I gave her a pretty green ankle bracelet for that quack!
I've got a group of 8 ducks that are just approaching that stage and so far all I know is "some of each"!
Please keep us posted as to how your "solar duck heating experiment" goes.
That's definitely the "girl" sound - particularly that "rasping, low tone" that I find will show up before you hear a youngling make the full "quack", at least among the Khakis I've raised.
Jake Esselstyn wrote:This site has call recordings of drakes and hens: http://www.majesticwaterfowl.org/artquacks.htm
Unless you're back-yard sized, having multiple flocks or at least the infrastructure to separate into that when necessary, is good back-up for a number of reasons.
he is part of the reason I keep the birds in two flocks instead of one - so I can keep that drake separated from the female ducks.