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Sexing a Peking

December 19, 2008 | By Debbie | 2 comments

We got a new Peking duck about 3 weeks ago. He was given up to the local feed store because his person was moving and could not care for him. When we adopted him he was skinny and his beak was pale yellow. In the time he has been with us he has fattened up almost to normal size and his beak is a pretty orange. Now my question is - How do I know if he is really a he. I used to mallard. that ome is easy but Pekings are new to me. So far we have not seen him trying to get to close to the girls except for following our female around. The closest I can tell is that he is a boy because when he first came the have chased him away from the girls. I think if he was a girl Claus would have taken an interest since he is such a Don Juan. If there is a way to easily tell I would love to know for sure if we have a Louie or a a Louise.
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Debbie
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Debbie
5 years ago

It's a boy! It did not occur to me to look for the drake feather. Duh! I know that mallards have them. I feel silly now. Thanks for your help.

Jennifer G.
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Jennifer G.
5 years ago

There are a couple of ways to sex pekins. One is the drake feather. Male pekins have a curly drake feather on the back of the tail. Females dont get these. Voice is the most accurate since girls quack loudly in a higher pitch and males have a lower raspy quack.

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