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Hi. We rescued a duck from a less than ideL situation. We are not sure the sex of the duck. It is a Pekin duck we were told it was a male but it’s missing it’s drake feather so I’m not sure. I was told it was about a year and a half.



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Sounds like a male to me.
 
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Does it quack load or just that soft quack?

It's been a looong time since I had ducks, but as I recall the females were really loud and the males much quieter.
 
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Apart from the quack, which is usually a giveaway, look for a little curl at the end of the tail feathers. Only drakes will have that.

The noises in the video are definitely drake sounds, so my take is that he's a non-curly tail drake.

We have a female Pekin who usually just makes a quiet sort of squeaking sound and only quacks when she's either excited or lonely and wants attention (her mate died last month so that happens a lot more than it used to).
 
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Deinfitly a male! He'd be making a much louder noise when mad/nervous if he were a girl.

The reason that he doesn't have a curly tail feather right now is because he's molted. They lose their tail feather when they molt. I'm pretty sure the molt happens twice a year, though I haven't taken close notice. But, you should see his curly tail grow back in a few weeks as he finishes growing his new feathers.
 
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