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Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Apr 20, 2016.
Male ducks (drakes) have a phallus. So, it is like vent sexing where you check the vent. If something sticks out it is a boy. If nothing sticks out it is a girl. It sounds simple, but can be a little difficult when first learning the technique. So far, I have had 100% accuracy when sexing my ducks, but that doesn't mean that it is always right. Here is a metzerfarms video that shows the technique.
I use mini rubber bands from those rubber-band bracelets to I.D. babies, but those are only temporary until I sort/sell.
I was going to be done hatching for this year, but one of my hens decided to go broody. So, you know... why not? Today I gave her 6 barnyard mix eggs to try and hatch out. Her first time, so we'll see how it goes!
I've got a broody on day 6, so hatch day 22nd May. I candled yesterday and saw development in some of the eggs. 9 were too dark for me to see anything, 2 bantam eggs anf 3 LF eggs doing well, 1 bantam egg looks infertile but I left if with her just in case, 1 bantam egg with a blood ring so removed.
I'm glad you are having some development. I hope everyone else starts laying soon.
Good luck! Don't know about leg bands.
Great, good luck with the hatch!
Someone should donate an incubator
Shoot I'm missing the first hatchling. Day 19.....
It took me sometime before I even tried vent sexing but then I picked up on it very quick when I actually learned how to do it.