Pekins ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bluemini, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. bluemini

    bluemini Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There the only breed I have owned,and I am thinking of getting two this spring when I get my chickens . How do you tell male from female ducklings? They are mixed at tractor supply and I cant tell,I have been looking on sites and it just says the males weigh more ?[​IMG]
     
  2. Well when the males get older (and i think this is for all ducks) when the drake gets older their tail feather curls up but thats all i can help you with
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you know how to vent sex, you won't be able to tell male Pekin from female Pekin until they are 3-4 months old and can be voice sexed.

    I genuinely hope that Tractor Supply is not allowing a bunch of amateurs to come in and try to vent sex their ducklings.
     
  4. xIndigoSkyx

    xIndigoSkyx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vent sexing when there a couple days old is easy you just have to rennet there babies and like all babies there delicate, so be gentel! Once they get older the males have a very whispery quack and the boys get kinda curly tail feathers.
     
  5. jt13Z

    jt13Z Out Of The Brooder

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    i dont know how much truth there is to this but when i bought my ducks at the hardware store the old guy there said that you can hang hem upside down by their feet and if the fight to get up it a boy and she just hangs down then its a female. i had one of each and when they grew older sure enuff he was right. just my $.02
     
  6. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please don't hang any ducks by their feet. That is horrible.
     
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    You can not sex birds by hanging them upside down.

    Ducks have fragile legs and should not be held or caught by the legs. It is very possible to injure them severely.
     
  8. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With 50% odds of being right, most of the old wives tales can be "accurate" sometimes. Dangling birds by their feet or letting their feet hang won't tell you what gender they are unless you guess right.

    Unless the birds were bred to be sex linked, or feather sexed, or they've been vent sexed (which still isn't 100% all the time).. every other method is a guess.
     

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