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.