Sexing Runner Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChampionAlex, May 23, 2017.

  1. ChampionAlex

    ChampionAlex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello anyone on here have any advice on sexing runner ducklings besides the fact of getting them sexed by an expert? Any other clues that might determine males from females? I have a fair amount born and I want to try n give my best judgement on which might be males from females. Thanks !
     
  2. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Quack...Only females make typical quack sounds. Male's or either almost silent or very whispery quack. How old are they? Voices start changing around 7 weeks although my runners were bout 10 weeks before I heard definite quacking. With multiple ducks you'll be able to tell fairly easily once they start quacking which is which. The male's, called drakes, will get a feather on top part of tail but not for awhile. They will be fully grown by time they get Drake feather.
     
  3. ChampionAlex

    ChampionAlex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I do know that about when they are older. Im selling mine at the moment and they arent even a week old. I want to sell them before they are two weeks and want to try n identify them as early as possible I know it wont be 80 % accurate but 60 % is better than nothing lol
     
  4. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Without venting at that age would be 50/50 no way of knowing.
     
  5. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Alot of ducks even from hatcheries are sold straight run for that very reason.
     
  6. Billiegoat6114

    Billiegoat6114 Just Hatched

    At a young age the most sure-fire way of sexing ducklings is vent sexing. It takes a little bit of practice, but it's not too difficult!
    This is a good video:

    The two other ways are voice sexing and tail sexing, for both of these you have wait it till they've grown up a bit (when they're fully feathered, or even a bit after.)

    Voice Sexing - males will make a hoarse sound while females will make a more traditional honk

    Tail sexing - Males will have a couple curly tail feathers while females won't.

    Hope this helped, good luck!!!:)
     

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