Welsh Harlequin Beak/Bill Color

riverdaughter13

In the Brooder
Mar 23, 2015
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We have two Welsh Harlequin ducks (and a very hungry Cayuga, she's a pig!) So the issue is their beak color. Based on early color, we believed them to be female. But noting most females I have seen have darker bills, I have started to worry. The friend we split an order of ducklings with have WH's with all dark beaks. Do I have males, or just odd colored girls?
 

GarnerZoo

Chirping
May 22, 2015
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Were they light when they were a day old? Because that's when you bill sex them as they go to the same color for a while and then finally go to the normal bill color (i.e dark for female light for male)
 

riverdaughter13

In the Brooder
Mar 23, 2015
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Southern West Virginia
Yes, based on initial beak color, we believe them to be female. But based on what I have read, success with that method may be about 90%. So I have worried as the heads become darker, and their bills have been light.
 

GarnerZoo

Chirping
May 22, 2015
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The only way to know for sure is to vent sex them. I don't even know how that works so I'm no real help, sorry.
 

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