Sexing ducklings by color

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sweedishnbuff, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. sweedishnbuff

    sweedishnbuff New Egg

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    Hello, I'm going in to a local feed store and getting my first set of ducklings in a few days...I was just curious for signs to look for (color wise) to help determine the sex of the birds before I bring them home. I know with other breeds of ducklings you can look at the lengths of the flight wings to help determine gender and darker/ lighter colors are Different gender characteristics. Since theese are my first ducklings I do not think I'm ready to even try vent sexing. I am looking to purchase 2 buffs and 2 blue Swedish and would like 1 male and 1 female of each....thank you!!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    :welcome! Sorry, but there's no way to tell by color. At that age (day olds) the only way to sex those particular breeds is vent sexing.

    You also mentioned feather sexing - that's only for chickens, and it also only works if you specifically bred the chicks to be able to be sexed that way with a specific parent bird cross, so that way is out too.

    You'll just have to get them and hope you get lucky :)
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may be more comfortable if you post duck specific questions on the "Duck thread."
     
  4. sweedishnbuff

    sweedishnbuff New Egg

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    Thank you both! I appreciate it [​IMG] @Pyxis @drumstick diva
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm afraid I'm not a duck keeper but you ah e some fab advice so I will wish you the very best of luck for the future.

    Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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