Is this accurate? - Sexing a duck by leg color

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

  1. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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