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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mikeandsilver, Apr 5, 2016.
How can you tell the sex of a duckling? Can anyone help? Also does anyone eat the eggs?
this video from Metzer Farms is helpful understanding sexing ducklings:
Since I have learned that I am allergic to chicken eggs, I can only eat duck eggs.
Duck eggs are alkaline and Chicken eggs are acid. More food value in the duck egg.
If more people new that , more people would buy duck eggs.If they could find a close source.
I could not find a close reliable source, so since I had a perfect place to fix a set up, I decided to get some hens and have my own source of eggs.
I do not need a drake to have eggs. I am still very new to the duck project but am still building their habitat .
It would have been allot cheaper to buy eggs then to have the ducks. Less mess also. I feel like I have been giving them room service three to four times a day. BUT...they are all very clean, healthy, content range free ducks in the day time.AND.. I am a very busy duck lady getting plenty of exercise. They are molting for a month now and out of 6 ducks, I am getting 2 eggs a day.
The Bean on the beak for sexing :'
Black bean on a grey/black = hen
Light black on a grey/pinkish = drake.
Not accurate for all breeds
Welsh Harlequin can be sexed visually at hatch. I can't think off the top of my head another domestic breed that can be hatched by sight. So you either need to have somebody that knows what they are doing sex them as shown in the Metzer Farms video or you wait until mallard derived breeds start to quack or be raspy around 6-8 weeks or develop a curled tail feather (males) at ~4+ months.
Eggs are edible. I love to bake with them, but if using for breakfast, I don't use the yolk as I don't like the flavor (I don't like chicken yolks either, but will use those in my breakfast eggs)