sex-linked ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cheezenkwackers, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Songster

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    The first five of six eggs from my Welsh Harlequin hen and Khaki drake hatched today. If I did my genetics correctly, the girls are the lighter brown and the boys are the blackish brown. So far, 3 girls and 2 boys (2 of each in the picture).
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  2. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    So cute and the parents are very pretty birds
     
  3. The Dapper Duck

    The Dapper Duck Songster

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    Well done! Keep posting pictures as they get older.
     
  4. Grateful Ed

    Grateful Ed In the Brooder

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    I've just ordered some Harlequin's because our incubating is not going well. I suppose had I bought a better quality incubator we might of had better luck. Anyway I ordered some Harlequins because they are suppose to be good setters. Did it take time before your birds would set or did they just naturally go for it? Also once they started setting did you have to separate them or do anything special so the other birds wouldn't disturb them?
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    They are gorgeous. Congrats!!
     
  6. Jbently28

    Jbently28 Songster

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    My Welsh is just now a year old and she is currently setting for the first time. She found a very inconspicuous spot to make her nest under our shop. We didn't even know that she was broody or setting until she started getting upset with us when we would come around the shop. She would also come up missing and then would randomly reappear. We finally watched her one day as she came out from under the shop. She's been a pretty good brooder so far for this to be her first time.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

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    I don't believe you can sex these crosses.
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Congrats, they are adorable!

    @Pyxis know a lot about genetics, maybe she can comment?
     
  9. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Beware of the MAN-GOOSE

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    You are correct. The light brown are girls and the black ones are the boys. :)
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    :bowThanks, I did not know this! Learned something new today! flipped_yellow_bow.gif
     

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