Indian Runner Ducklings Boys or girls?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by psycoforsilkies, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. psycoforsilkies

    psycoforsilkies Songster

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    I dont mind if they are boys or girls mostly curious I got them for pets!
     
  2. Massey

    Massey Chirping

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    You might have some issues if you have a boy and a girl, he might be too much for, I'm no expert bit think the general terms of things is 1 male to 5-8 females to help spread out the attention

    Any of our more experienced members feel free to correct me,
     
  3. Luvmyhems

    Luvmyhems Hatching

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    does the male have a tail pointing down or a curling one? [​IMG]
     
  4. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    The male and female both have a tail that points up. The male when he reaches maturity will have a little curl feather in front of his tail. The best way I have found to sex them is the voice. The female will be much louder and have a quackkk sound the male will have a low raspy sound. When you pick them up you can usually hear their voices. They have to be around 6 to 8 weeks old to tell. Most of the time the males are taller but not always. I hope this helps you.

    Patty
     
  5. chuzz

    chuzz Hatching

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    hi - that helps . I have 2 , as pets , 5 weeks old . One is much bigger than the other and I've been worried it's male .. I ordered them F .. it wold be a disaster if they are M&F by the hatcheries mistake ! I don't want fertilized eggs , or a hen ravaged by the M. I hope they are just growing differently and both F . the smaller one is louder when I pick up , but the bigger one also peeps,sqwacks , does not make gutteral sounds ... I bought from Metzger and am trying not to worry about them having screwed up !
     

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