Sexing ducks by bill color?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ticks, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I have been reading the book Raising Ducks, Written by Dave Holderread. He says that you can sex ducks like, Mallards, Rouens, and other birds of that pattern by bill color. Could this work for ducklings? Mine are 3 weeks and already 3/4 are showing orange bills found in hens, the other, a darker color, almost black. Could that one be the drake? It also seems to be fairly quiet. I hope so!
    Thanks and if there is any other ways to sex young Rouen, Mallard ducks please post.
     
  2. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    THe only way I know to sex young rouens is by their quacks. As far as bill colors (I have never read that book) but out of my 3 laying rouen girls, 2 have one color beak and the 3rd has a totally different color, so I wouldn't rely on that, personally.
    The 3rd's bill AND eggs are more green than the other 2 girls.
    HTH,
    Kristi
     
  3. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    How can I tell by quacks?
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    In the mallards and rouens I have had, the girls tend to have yellow and brown in their bills and the males are green billed.
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Quote:females are loud and males quack very quietly.
     
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  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    So the ones wit the lighter bills are hens maybe?
     
  7. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as I know, it's only Welsh Harlequins that can be sexed by bill color, and it's right after hatching, and only 90% accurate.
     
  8. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    ypu can sex rouens by bill color the males bill will turn light green around 6 weeks
     
  9. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Thanks
     
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Same with Appleyards... but I think it's a little longer than 6 weeks, though.
     

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