Sexing Indian Runners? Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wifezilla, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I found someone with 3 Indian Runners for sale at a good price. They are about 8 months old. The current owner doesn't know if they are male or female. Obviously, they haven't laid eggs yet (or she would know...we hope! LOL), but that could be their current diet and not that they are all boys.

    Since I was originally looking for Khaki Campbells, I was pretty confident in my ability to tell male from female...but with Runners...I have no clue!!!

    Do the males have curly feathers by their tail on runners?
     
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  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Oh..and the quack. Loud quack on girls, softer quack on boys. Did I get any of that right???

    :p
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator~~~ BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    You got it all right. Pick them and offend them and make them quack. That will save you lots of trouble. [​IMG]

    On and if they are in any sort of molt, the drake curl will not be there
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I sent that info to the seller. I told her if it looked like at least one was a girl, I was still interested. (I figured if 2 were drakes, I could rehome one).

    We'll see what she says.

    If there is a girl in the bunch, I may very well be a duck mama by Saturday [​IMG]
     
  5. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    what color are they? the fawn and whites can get loud. If they don't have the tail feathers, Perhaps you could attempt to pick them up one at a time to make them quack. the girls make a typical "QUACK!" and the boys are soft and almost whispery
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    They are fawn. If these turn out to be drakes, I am going to call a guy in Parker who is giving away ducks for free. He has khakis and runners.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Well pooh!!!

    Turns out all 3 of those ducks are boys. If anyone in Colorado needs 3 young drakes, I can pass along her craigslist posting.

    Someone in Parker advertised free ducks so I am trying to contact them. I guess he had been using them for herding.
     
  8. Belba

    Belba Out Of The Brooder

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    The quack is a definite. However, the other method of telling the gender of Indian Runners is their tail feathers. Makes have more of a curly rounded in a C shape you'll, whereas female have flat tail feathers. Hope it helped and good luck!
     
  9. Molly Sunshine

    Molly Sunshine Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I have several Indian runners and 1 of my black juvenile runners has a drake feather... And quacks. It doesn't have the green tinting on the head my drake has. So male or female?
     
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  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have a runner girl with a drake feather. She developed it after we introduced a drake to the flock.
     

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