How to sex a duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chickiee, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Chickiee

    Chickiee Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have 2 Pekin ducks from Tractor Supply. So cute, but I am curious as to their gender. Can they be sexed by wing feathers like a chick? They are 2-3 days old. Thanks!
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Sadly no... And being white- you cant pick for colour either. Vent sexing can be done- but it can be difficult if you dont know what to look for or how to do it properly so you dont injure them.
  3. Chickiee

    Chickiee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is there a behavior, gender trait, or anything else to look for, as they grow that would indicate gender? At what age/how many weeks would this happen? I know, I know... Laying eggs would be a tell-tale sign. Lol
  4. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    You will be able to voice sex them around six weeks of age. Males sound raspy (think Donald Duck) and females have a very loud, distinct QUACK. Also females tend to trill ("whistle") more but you can't go by that.

    Of course, at full maturity the boys will develop their drake feather and there won't be any doubt then.
  5. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    There is a video on Metzer's website on vent sexing. Even if you don't want to try it, it was interesting to learn...
  6. The FlockMaster

    The FlockMaster New Egg

    Mar 20, 2012
    I have 2 runner ducklings (a fawn&white and a black) I vented them at 2 days old, and it looked to be the fawn&white was a girl, and the black was a boy... Now at 4 or 5 weeks old, the black is slightly raspy, and the fawn&white is a big old loud mouth!!! I guess i sexed them right then??
  7. craftymama86

    craftymama86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, just watched Metzer's video, interesting. Not sure how I'd feel trying that out at Tractor Supply though, lol. But at the same time I wouldn't want to get stuck with a bunch of males, if I were to get some ducks, lol.
  8. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    I think if other customers saw you vent sexing your ducks, they would probably pay you to sex theirs for them too :)
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    No feed store or TSC will allow you to vent sex the ducklings before buying. Straight run is straight run. If you want a set number of each gender order from Metzers and pay to have them sexed before shipping to you.
  10. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    Orschlens allowed me to vent sex our two pekins before I bought them. The guy had no problem with me doing it. [​IMG] So far I know I was right on one of them. Ducky has started to quack at 4 weeks! Haven't heard Quackers do that yet.

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