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how soon can you sex ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nosduj, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. nosduj

    nosduj Out Of The Brooder

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    i have an indian runner and a magpie that are both about 5 weeks old how can i tell if there male or female
     
  2. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
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    girls quack boy make a different sound.
     
  3. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    I have French Rouen Ducks and with them you can tell by the color of their bills, but also the females are the louder talkers they actually quack, the males sound kinda horse or raspy they are not as loud. You maybe able to tell by their voices. I don't know about Indian Runners or Magpies. Sorry I prob not much help But good luck with your Ducks, I sure Love mine.

    [​IMG] Karan
     
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Vent sex them!
    You can tell at one day old if you have a good eye for it.
    If not by now you can tell easily.
    Here's how to do it, it may take a little practice, but you'll get the hang of it.

    1) pick them up and turn them over on their backs.
    2) gently spread the feathers and fuzz off their vent, (poop area)
    3) arch the tail forward toward its head with your fingers, while gently opening the vent with your thumbs and index fingers.
    (I promise this isnt a nasty as it sounds)
    4) Now look at the opening, if its a girl, there will be nothing there, however if you have a boy, a tiny little worm looking version of a penis will pop out, usually black or red in color, but not always.

    After a time or two, it gets to be second nature and you can do it with ease. If you have girls to start, you may think you are doing it wrong, but once you get a boy, you'll know for sure you did it right.
    Good luck,
    voice and bill color also works, but it take way more time for the bird to mature for you to tell this way.
    Aubrey
     
  5. Lolliegee

    Lolliegee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the very clear instructions. Can you do this with any breed?`I have Khaki Campbells that are about a week and a half old. [​IMG]
     
  6. nosduj

    nosduj Out Of The Brooder

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    how old do they have to be to vent sex them and also im not trying to be gross but how much do you have to open their anuses to be able to tell
     
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    To answer both questions, yes it works with all waterfowl, ducks, geese, swans...
    They can be done at hatch time, but it takes a very trained eye to see the little thing then, after a few weeks it'll be much easier, especially when the first feathers start to come in.
    As far as opening her up!, LOL
    Just a slight opening, you are really more less just kind of spreading it open, the bending back of the tail towards the head does most of it for you, you use your fingers more to just get the feathers and fuzz out of the way so you can see. If it's in there, it'll pop out fairly easily.
    Hope this helped.
    Aubrey
     
  8. nosduj

    nosduj Out Of The Brooder

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    do you bend the tail back yo the back of the ducks head or do you bend it towards the beek
     
  9. Crusaderwithgat

    Crusaderwithgat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Aubrey, I've been looking for this type of info. Straight forward how to. [​IMG]

    Jim
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Quote:oh Lord no, not that far, just a 90 degree angle to the back will work, if they were standing upright, it would be sticking straight up in the air.

    and no problem Jim, if you need any more tips on it, I will be glad to go into full detail for you on it.
     

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