how to tell the sex of ducks and geese

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by goose man al, May 9, 2009.

  1. goose man al

    goose man al Out Of The Brooder

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    how long do you have to wait to see if you have males or females in ducks. and how can you tell the diffence in geese
     
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Use the search button, there is a lot of info there. I have four that are 5 wks old. Only two of them are quacking. They say a female quacks as to where a male has a more of a throaty sound. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    in ducks it can be anywhere from 4-11 weeks before the babies get their adult voices, at wich the females start ro quack, males whisper, it's easy to tell them apart
     
  4. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Depends on what type of Ducks and Geese you have. Some are auto-sexing. Some you can tell by the way the tail curls or not on the ducks?
    Sharon
     
  5. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    mine just chirps like a bird....lol He's small and i have no clue how old it is. We just got it today. Once again i go for the smallest one in there. It like to sit on my shoulder and hide under my hair...lol

    I just can't remember what my other duck did??? He's a male and i feel this one is more vocal. they are also different breeds. When will the tails start to curl??

    P.S I hear him churping now...lol
    MOMMY IS COMING LIL DUCKY!!!
     
  6. goose man al

    goose man al Out Of The Brooder

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    Are the females more vocal compared to males even at a week old
     
  7. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    sillystunt, I thought I read somewhere that the curling tail of the drake does not happen until AFTER the first moult. I hope someone can give us the right answer on that statement. I have two ducks, a Pekin and Swedish that are VERY vocal and quacks. They are about 8 weeks old. The other two (same age) a KC and a Cayuga are quieter. Males maybe??
     
  8. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:We are still talking about ducks aren't we??[​IMG]
     
  9. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I LOVE ducks!

    The females I have start quacking anywhere between 2 and 14 weeks old. It is a luoud definitive "quack" soudn with ZERO squeak to it.

    The boys tend to start out peeping the same as females, then go to a squeaky stage (think adolescent boys) and then a harsh whispery type of sound.

    The tails CAN curl after the first moult, when they get their adult plumage in. Many times this first moult also leaves them with a "dusky" plumage which makes them look female...and afte the second moult they get their distinctive boy markings.


    Since it takes from 2-12 weeks for the first moult and voices to show up, you could have a bit of a wait on your hands.


    There are videos on utube about how to VENT sex ducks and chicks....however I do not wish to get that personal with them. I have PLENTY of time to wait [​IMG]

    For geese, I have NO EARTHLY IDEA.

    That's why I got Pilgrim geese. DARK is female, silvery yellow is male. I hatched two gorgeous boys [​IMG]

    Girls lay eggs....eventually. And they tend to pair up for a mating/breeding season. The female does most of the sitting.

    Congrats on the beginning of a new obsession!
     
  10. southpaw2022

    southpaw2022 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok I am more confused then ever now and still don't have an answer. lol I have 4 ducks... 3 are the darker color one is a light tan color they all do the same and look the same as far as tails go. I would hope they are all females...but if not .....
     

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