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Is this accurate? - Sexing a duck by leg color

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1duckychick, May 22, 2010.

  1. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Someone told me that you can tell the sex of a duckling by the color of their legs (depending upon the breed) - specifically mallards. They said that males have the orange legs while females remain black. I had never heard of this before and it sounded nuts to me. Then I went out and checked my grown ducks as well as some of the wild ones at a pond near by. The females all had black legs and the males were orange. Of course, this was just a small sample of ducks and in no way backs up the hypothesis - I just found it interesting enough to pose the question here among those with more expertise than me.

    So, anyone ever hear this theory and/or know whether or not it's true?
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    All the pictures I see, the male and female mallard both have orange legs [​IMG] ... Plus the babies have black legs so you won't be able to tell them apart. I think this is just a myth.
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    i have heard that black swedish ducklings have different colored legs. Supposedly boys will have orange or pink in their legs/bill while girls will have all black... but i couldn't verify that. I read it somewhere on the internet a long time ago.

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