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.Know More
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 domesticated animals without wild instincts and can be trained to a certain extent, but potty training a duck is not possible according to the PETA website. Ducks cannot be trained to relieve themselves in a certain area and generally are not recommended as house pets.Full Answer >
A simple way to tell if a duck egg contains a live embryo is through the process of candling. Candling an egg simply means shining a bright light through the egg and looking at the contents inside the shell to verify a living embryo.Full Answer >
The life cycle of a duck includes nesting, brood rearing, post-breeding, molting, fall migration, winter migration, spring migration and pre-nesting. These cycles occur yearly until death, with most domestic ducks living no more than seven years.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 >