Sexing Cayuga Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hendrix25, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to pick up my first pair of ducklings tonight. (Cayuga ducklings) The breeder said that she has NOT mastered the art of sexing them yet, so she's not sure which sex I will be getting. Any ideas or thoughts on how to tell which is which? I would prefer a male and female but I'll be happy with which ever. I really would like to be able to get a male though.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If you know how to vent sex, that's a major plus [​IMG]

    If not, you can sometimes tell, with a fair amount of accuracy, by the size of their legs and necks. The males should have 'thicker' necks and legs than the females, but of course this is not fool-proof. Some say you can tell by the sound of their peeps, females being louder and 'squeekier', but this has never worked for me. The leg thing didn't either actually, but I believe the person had all males, since I got 4 of the 7 ducklings she had and they were all 4 males!

    Or you could just have them wait a few weeks and see which ones are quacking, that always works [​IMG]

    Good luck!! [​IMG]
     
  3. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks

    i am going to try to be patient and listen, and try to observe. [​IMG]
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Just be sure to handle a lot of them to find out their 'squeek' factor, and compare the legs of each of them. Like I said, neither of these methods is fooll-proof, one of my pekin babies had tiny legs, and they were all boys! But I would say you have a better chance like that than by just choosing blindly. It would help if they are all the same age too, so I hope they are! [​IMG]
     
  5. jgyeager

    jgyeager New Egg

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    hi, a web site, Metzer farms has a real good video on sexing ducks.I'm sure u will not have any trouble.
     
  6. knightie

    knightie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just watching that video doesn't mean you'll have no trouble.... it takes TONS of practice and being shown my someone who is an expert to really get the hang of it... as was posted the breeder hasn't gotten the hang of it yet. I usually learn really well by reading or just watching something be done.... but this takes more than that... and it's sooo easy to hurt them if you don't know what you're doing.
     
  7. MommaDuck

    MommaDuck Out Of The Brooder

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    John Metzer even said in that video that HE was wrong a lot when he first started doing it. My husband has checked all six of ours and they are all female. LOL. So yeah I am waiting for the time when they ALL have their curled drake feather. That would be our luck to have all males when I only want one male and the rest female.
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    They are babies, thick legs and necks or the hanging upside down (with chickens) are old wives tales. Metzers does well with vent sexing, but even they make mistakes at times (and they will correct the mistakes). Humans are just that human and make mistakes when vent sexing, anyone who would hold another 100% accountable for vent sexing is being unrealistic.

    Enjoy your new ducklings.
     

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