by Margaret E. Kellogg
Photos by author
They say you learn something new every day, and I find this to be so true. I didn’t know that it takes about five months for a mallard drake to look like a drake. Did you?
My son, Stephen, is infatuated with mallard ducks. I just couldn’t understand why he thought he needed mallard ducks specifically, because they are the most popular breed in North America, but I couldn’t talk him out them. Just to give you a little background, he is 25 and loves the critters as much as I do. He was the one who got us into ducks to begin with. Last year, he brought home ducks, geese and turkeys. My plan was to have some chickens and fresh eggs. Well, now we have a myriad of ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens.
Interestingly enough, there started to be a change in one. Its chest started turning a lighter gray. It took 5 months for this hen to reveal itself as a drake.
Well, who knew. Probably more people that are familiar with ducks on a higher level. I’m still learning more about ducks and geese.
The important thing that I have learned over the last couple of years is that females quack much louder than drakes … probably to make sure the males are paying attention. Also, people that are allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs. Duck eggs are better for baking.Last but not least, it takes at least five months for a drake mallard to show his true colors, but when they do, they are stunning. Below, Stephen stands proud as punch with his mallard drake, Buddy.