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How Early Can Gender Be Confirmed for Ducks?

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Hello,

 

I am very new to the poultry world.  How soon after hatching is it possible to determine the gender?

Also, is it easy to tell the gender, would a newbie be able to determine gender?  

Thanks for any help!

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You didn't mention what breed you have. Here are two of the sure ways to tell.

 

One sure way to tell the difference is in their quacks. Females have a loud hard quack, males have a subdued quiet quack.

On appearance when they get their feathers: A drake (male) will develop one (or two) tail feather that curls upward toward the head when they are between two and four months old. Females do not have this feather.

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How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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You didn't mention what breed you have. Here are two of the sure ways to tell.

 

One sure way to tell the difference is in their quacks. Females have a loud hard quack, males have a subdued quiet quack.

On appearance when they get their feathers: A drake (male) will develop one (or two) tail feather that curls upward toward the head when they are between two and four months old. Females do not have this feather.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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x 3                   You could also check with folks on the "Duck thread" if you have breed questions

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