Did I luck out?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by novastar, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. novastar

    novastar Songster

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    1D84C653-68F7-4D7C-953C-04683315DBA4.jpeg D89F4A93-4290-483F-86CE-B724E38716B8.jpeg 2AD3FF84-8235-4238-A696-F8EF3595A294.jpeg The four ducklings I ordered were not sexed. I was hoping for four hens but I think I got a drake/hen pair for each breed. Any experts want to tell me their opinions? They are 5 weeks old and I am solely going off a difference in color darkness that I see. Also, one of the Runners one of the runners is extremely loud with its vocals ha. What do you think?
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Awe. Look a little scared, but cute! I am sure some duck people will be in to help identify.
     
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  3. CarleeAnn

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    The best way is to tell by their voice. If they “quack” they are hens, if it’s raspy then it’s a drake.
     
  4. novastar

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    Every time I come close, they panic! I hope they calm down a bit. I have been raising them since they were day old. You think they would be used to me by now!
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Spend as much time as you can just sitting with them maybe toss some mealworms out.

    As for sexing at 5 weeks voice will most likely be the only way. Like CarleeAnn said females quack loud Drakes are raspy. Pick them up separately and walk away from the group. That may give you an idea if they get hysterical and start quacking.
     
  6. novastar

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    Thanks everyone! I’ll keep ya posted! ;)
     
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  7. learycow

    learycow Crowing

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    You can't tell gender by looking at them.
    At this age it's still early to be 100% sure based on voice, but you can attempt it and should know for sure in another 2-3 weeks (before 12 weeks, they can confuse you as males can be loud at first).
    Males are quiet and raspy sounding. Females are loud and have a shrill "quack"
     
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