Sexing Rouen and interbreeding questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bridger Davis, May 1, 2019.

  1. Bridger Davis

    Bridger Davis Songster

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    Hey everyone! So I was looking at Harlow, my 4 wk. old Rouen duckling when I noticed a little green shimmer from the feathers coming in on the very top of her head... Does this necessarily mean that it is a boy? If so, knowing that the Rouen is the heaviest of my ducks, I would probably have to get rid of it, right? Just as a reminder, I have 2 cayugas, 1 swedish, and that one rouen. They were supposed to have been girls because they were sexed at the hatchery... Anyways I was also wondering if interbreeding would be a problem... I was thinking if one of the cayugas or the swedish turned out to be a boy, would it be dangerous to hatch an egg from them? Thanks!
     
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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Its no indication of sex this young. Your Rouen will be fine to mate the others. All ducks can cross. With the exception of maybe a Muscovy drake will Call Ducks...I wouldn't try that.
     
  3. Jbently28

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    Agreed! Ducks go through a juvenile molt around 4 months. This is when they will get their darker head feathers and drake tail feathers. Up until then, voice sexing is the easiest way to tell male from female.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Hopefully they are all girls! :fl
     
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  5. Bridger Davis

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    Yes, but on the other hand, baby ducks all over again would be great too....:lol::lol::love
     
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