Female ducks are called either hens or ducks, while the males are called drakes, and babies are called ducklings. In many duck species, females have less colorful feather patterns than males, making them easier to identify.Continue Reading
Another distinguishing feature between hens and drakes are the sounds they make. Only hens produce the "quack-quack" noise frequently associated with ducks. Drakes make a softer sound that's usually more of a whistle or a whisper.
Ducks with tail feathers that curl upward are almost always drakes; exceptions can occur if there is no male and a hen fills the drake roll. Immediately following the mating season both drakes and hens begin molting and remain flightless for a couple months. During this time the two sexes are difficult to distinguish visually, and sound is the best indicator.Learn more about Waterfowl
Ducks are found on every continent except for Antarctica; all baby ducks are referred to as ducklings, adult male ducks are called drakes, and adult females are called hens or ducks. Groups of ducks are called rafts, teams, or paddlings.Full Answer >
Pekin ducks can be fed commercial waterfowl feed or can be fed commercial chicken layer feed supplemented with niacin and leafy green vegetables. Alternatively, ducks can be allowed to forage for insects, snails, frogs and green vegetables. Ducks that forage may need to have their diet supplemented with commercial feed.Full Answer >
Mallard ducks are preyed upon by snapping turtles, raccoons, red foxes, black rat snakes, crows, largemouth bass, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, ring-billed gulls and Norway rats. Mallard ducks are also threatened by human hunters.Full Answer >
Most female ducks begin to lay eggs at around six to seven months of age. Egg production also depends on a number of other factors.Full Answer >