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Sexing ducklings by color

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Hello, I'm going in to a local feed store and getting my first set of ducklings in a few days...I was just curious for signs to look for (color wise) to help determine the sex of the birds before I bring them home. I know with other breeds of ducklings you can look at the lengths of the flight wings to help determine gender and darker/ lighter colors are Different gender characteristics. Since theese are my first ducklings I do not think I'm ready to even try vent sexing. I am looking to purchase 2 buffs and 2 blue Swedish and would like 1 male and 1 female of each....thank you!!
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welcome-byc.gif! Sorry, but there's no way to tell by color. At that age (day olds) the only way to sex those particular breeds is vent sexing.

You also mentioned feather sexing - that's only for chickens, and it also only works if you specifically bred the chicks to be able to be sexed that way with a specific parent bird cross, so that way is out too.

You'll just have to get them and hope you get lucky smile.png
Edited by Pyxis - 6/21/16 at 4:28pm
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Breeding Ayam Cemanis, Roman Tufted Geese, and Welsh Harlequin Ducks.

Vermonters, come join us in the Vermont thread!

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Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may be more comfortable if you post duck specific questions on the "Duck thread."

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Thank you both! I appreciate it ☺️ @Pyxis @drumstick diva
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I know that a number of peeps on the duck forum breed ducks, so it may be worth also checking out your state thread to see if there are any duckaholics near you - http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

 

Good luck

 

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! I'm afraid I'm not a duck keeper but you ah e some fab advice so I will wish you the very best of luck for the future.

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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If you haven't noticed yet, I am the king of typos.

When I post in the "What Breed Or Gender Is This" section, I do not name hatchery/peoples' hybrids by a "breed" name (for example, Oliver Egger)--they are either a purebred or a mixed breed.

Please like my NEW facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BantamFan4Life-571978982974734/

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bant...

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