Sexing as ducklings....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by emmajane07, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. emmajane07

    emmajane07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all--

    Next month I will be getting 2 more ducks from my local farm/tractor supply store. I currently have 1 female and 1 male--I am seriously hoping for two more females. But, they aren't sexed at the store-so what you get is what you get. While I have watched countless videos on vent sexing--I'm not sure I feel comfortable standing there in the store violating a few ducks while people watch in awe.

    Are there any ways to tell gender by their coloring at such a young age?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not a duck expert, but as far as I know, there aren't usually color differences in male/female ducks at that age. Only when they get older do the ducks and drakes develop different coloration. Vent sexing is the only reliable way to tell when they're ducklings, though even that isn't really reliable unless it is done by a professional.
     
  3. emmajane07

    emmajane07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what I figured [​IMG]. Thank you!
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hope it works out well for you.
     
  5. emmajane07

    emmajane07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, Amiga! I've decided to bite the bullet---order online and pay $84.00 in shipping. But, at least this way I know I'll be getting females. I am ordering chicks too. Apparently the selection at the farm stores during the fall aren't the same as spring [​IMG]
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I went with sexed ducklings.
     
  7. emmajane07

    emmajane07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here. Three females should be here mid September.
     

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