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Need to sex Call Ducks

post #1 of 16
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Hello!

I'm fairly new to owning ducks. I have a trio of 21 day old Call Ducks that I need to figure out how to sex. I may have an idea but I want to ask the more experienced ones on here. I have read on the internet that it can also be done by their chirps!? I need the best ways to do this please!

Thanks!

Keyt

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/Keyt427/Picture009.jpg
Possible female

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/Keyt427/Picture008.jpg
Possible male

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/Keyt427/Picture013.jpg
Possible female. This one is MUCH bigger than the other two!

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Just chickens, ducks and 2 very spoiled goats!
I can be found on facebook - Keyt Harrington
or my photography page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/NaturalCharmPhoto. Offering specials on portraits and special events as well as photo restorations.

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post #2 of 16

love your ducklings smile Im at the same stage as you, i have 2 call ducklings and they are exactly the same size so no give-aways there. I think in about a week they will begin to either quack or not quack IYKWIM lol so its just a waiting game not long to go now!

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2 Gorgeous sons, 2 puggles, 4 brown hens, 2 blue silkie bantams, 1 cockatiel and a tank full of tropical fish!
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post #3 of 16

MIne are 3 months old and I just figured out their sexes by the curls in thier back tail feathers-very distinct!  I hav 2 boys and 1 girl hmm

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Silver Laced Brahmas, Tolbunts,BBS Marans, Tolbunt mixed bucket of fun eggs and ;A bunch of projects working right now!!!!! 

SWAP http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/swap-items-1

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post #4 of 16

The first yellow one is precious, the black one is adoring and the third one is an angel.  Male or female ?  I don't know.   I actually have judged a pair of white calls that were given to me by the thickness of their legs.  This is DEFINATELY not guarenteed.  I sold one and wanted to keep a female.  These 2 were identical in size at the time and about the same age as the ones in your pics.  I picked the one with the thinner legs hoping for a girl (but I really wasn't sure).  As it turns out, I was lucky to have picked the female but I only know now because of her loud quack.

Me,DH, 2 DS, 3 dogs, 1 parakeet,  2 frogs, 19 hens, 1 turk, 24 ducks (8 calls, 2 kcs, 3 runners, 3 scovy, 2 Mandy, 3 teal,  2 rouen, 1 pekin) 3 geese (1 Embden, 1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 2 sugar glider. 
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Me,DH, 2 DS, 3 dogs, 1 parakeet,  2 frogs, 19 hens, 1 turk, 24 ducks (8 calls, 2 kcs, 3 runners, 3 scovy, 2 Mandy, 3 teal,  2 rouen, 1 pekin) 3 geese (1 Embden, 1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 2 sugar glider. 
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post #5 of 16

The females have hormone spots on their bills, but I don't exactly when they appear.  And the males do have the curled tail feathers, but you won't be able to tell that until they have feathers.

post #6 of 16

I had to wait until they were about my little hen started quacking before I could sex mine.
Your babies are precious. smile

"Be like a duck.  Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. " ~Michael Caine
Pyncheon Bantams, Norwegian Jaerhon, Butterscotch, White, Gray, Pencil, Self-Black, Blue Fawn Pied and Snowy Call Ducks  NPIP Certified and Member NCBA and ABA
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"Be like a duck.  Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. " ~Michael Caine
Pyncheon Bantams, Norwegian Jaerhon, Butterscotch, White, Gray, Pencil, Self-Black, Blue Fawn Pied and Snowy Call Ducks  NPIP Certified and Member NCBA and ABA
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post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! I've had my 3 Duckseteers for 3 weeks now. They are about as spoiled as ducks can be! I must say though that I think everyone in my house must have thought I was losing it. The biggest of the 3 quacked for the first time!!! I felt like when my human kids said a word for the first time, I was SO excited.

Every day I take them outside to swim in a large plastic storage bin, then would let them walk in the grass where they always follow me. For some reason the bigger one (which I hope is female because we've been calling her Olivia, but if it's male it's Oliver) stopped following the littler two and suddenly let out this honking noise. It scared him because he jumped at the same time lol. A few seconds later he did it again except this time it was a definite quack! SO exciting!!! smile

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/Keyt427/Picture057.jpg
This is the one. This is the 2nd day we had her. She is now the one in the 3rd from the top pic above!

Just chickens, ducks and 2 very spoiled goats!
I can be found on facebook - Keyt Harrington
or my photography page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/NaturalCharmPhoto. Offering specials on portraits and special events as well as photo restorations.

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Just chickens, ducks and 2 very spoiled goats!
I can be found on facebook - Keyt Harrington
or my photography page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/NaturalCharmPhoto. Offering specials on portraits and special events as well as photo restorations.

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post #8 of 16

I have for grey call ducks from a friend I hatched out and the only difference I can see at 8-9 weeks old is that one has a brownish bill and the other three have a greenish/blue bills.  Plumage is juvenile, but I can see no diffence in that yet. Could someone tell me again, should the female quack and the males kind of squack?

2 dogs, 30 laying hens, two Beltsville white hens, one Rio Grande or Merriam Tom, pair of grey call ducks.
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2 dogs, 30 laying hens, two Beltsville white hens, one Rio Grande or Merriam Tom, pair of grey call ducks.
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post #9 of 16

@ruarlmom: Could someone tell me again, should the female quack and the males kind of squack?
I think the females are the ones that quack and the males make a low, monotone raspy noise with most ducks.smile


Edited by duckluv - 8/20/10 at 8:44pm
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post #10 of 16

I guess I am tone deaf or something for I just cannot pick up the difference in quacks with 14 ducks it can be difficult.  Can anyone tell by this picture?http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/39112_call_closeup.jpg They are just 8 - 10 weeks old grey call crosses.  Only difference I have noted is the obvious bill colors.

2 dogs, 30 laying hens, two Beltsville white hens, one Rio Grande or Merriam Tom, pair of grey call ducks.
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2 dogs, 30 laying hens, two Beltsville white hens, one Rio Grande or Merriam Tom, pair of grey call ducks.
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