Sex of my Welsh Harlequins

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AaronS, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. AaronS

    AaronS New Egg

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    Hi everybody

    New to the forum. Have Welsh Harlequins after mucking around with Elizabeths and Bantam Appleyards for a while. The goal is to breed to some Australian standard gold phase WH.

    I am quite impatient and very curious and I cannot figure out the sex of my ducklings. I am pretty sure I have a gold duck but am wondering about the silvers. Is the one with no red on the chest but a black head and dark beak a drake or duck do people think? Might just have to wait until they quack......

    I wanted to post some photos but cannot as I am a new member.

    The photos can be found at the following locations. Type in the url I have written out

    farm6dotstaticdotflickrdotcombackslash5053backslash5417820118_f7e07199cc_z.jpg

    Cheers
    Aaron
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Hi Aaron, [​IMG]

    I recognise those duckies!!! When I saw your post I thought it might have been the same as I saw on an Australian site recently. I still think that one in particular is a boy. And the all brown one next to it is a female.
     
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    hello. and welcome from ct.!! usa [​IMG]
    btw: i just ordered some of the same kind of ducks!!!! woot woot!!!
    i could not pull up the link. sorry. i also dont know how to help identify ducks sex yet?? so maybe perhaps someone else could chime in their thoughts.

    good luck tho!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The link didn't work for me.

    Is the Gold phase you are working on the same as the one already found in Silver flocks, or something else?
     
  5. AaronS

    AaronS New Egg

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    Duckyfromoz

    They are the same photos I posted to Oz forum. Yes, i am impatient! I want to start either eating or getting rid of some now as our garden can no longer stand having so many in it. But do not want to get rid of ducks.

    Omniskies

    I have started by putting a gold drake over a silver duck. Will go from there introducing new blood at some stage.

    Mods, any chance of someone posting the photos for me as I cannot do it as a new member.

    I guess my question could be phrased as this. In silver with gold recessive Welsh Harlequin drakelings, is the red chest and yellow beak always present or, with most things, is there variability? And these things will change over time?

    Cheers
    Aaron
     
  6. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

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    Sorry can't pull up the link, but...


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  7. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AronS,
    Where are you located??? I wanted Elizabeth ducks but couldn't find them here in the USA... Found out they are in Australia..
     
  8. AaronS

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    Hey Pirtykitty

    Yes, I am in Australia.

    Seems I can post images now.

    So it is the one on the front left. No red on chest (duck trait), dark bill (duck trait) but dark head (drake trait).

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    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  9. AaronS

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    All sorted. Picked them up this morning one by one. The brown quacked when I got it and the others did a husky chirp. Seems I got 6 drakes and one duck out of a clutch.
     
  10. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    How unlucky are you to have those odds [​IMG]
     

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