WOOO HOOOO, just sexed my ducklings after watch Metzer Farms Video

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FunnyBunnies12, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    I truly, truly was hoping to see after reading so much on here about hen to drake ratio, and I'm very happy and relieved to say I have 9 hens(including momma duck) and 3 drakes(including daddy). So I'm not over run with drakes, perfect, perfect ratio!! My guess was right about all of them, but I needed to confirm and do it right. Thank you Metzer! Now I don't have to place any drakes in new homes because of the ratio! I'm going to have some nice eggs this coming spring for baking, eating, selling! YES! [​IMG]

  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    You better hold your horses. Just because you 3 to 1 does not mean that they will go along. 3-1 one is used for caged breeding ducks. Here you put one drake with 3 hens into a cage. This assures the best fertility rate possible. Perfect ratio is considered 1 drake for 3-9 hens. In flocks you actually want the higher end of it. More hens and less drakes. You have about what I had. I had 8 hens and 5 drakes. I had to rehome 4 drakes because they started to fight when they turned 7 weeks old. Not quite sexually mature, but they were already duking it out. One of the 5 drakes was one month older and he made it really clear that the other boys were not part of his calculation. You will probably have to reduce them to one or two drakes. So don't party yet.
  3. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    I guess I misunderstood. [​IMG] The thing is, the 2 little boys are the ones that my son picked out that he stayed up until 1am watching hatch, he actually picked out the # and had the name picked out before it was even determined the gender, he just had this feeling it was going to be a boy and he was right, and the other boy was the one my dh and I watched hatch and already named(Peking after the Chinese delicatecy and city)[​IMG] . So there is a special meaning to that one, not because of the dinner plate, but because the two of us watched him hatch and before he even came home said that he wanted a big drake, then as I said there is daddy duck. So I guess I will have to watch them so they won't fight.

    So far here are the names of the adult ducks (Mom & Dad) & Babies we picked out.

    Ming-Ming (Dad)



    Athena(After the Goddess Of Love my oldest named her that)


  4. la dee da

    la dee da Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    You don't have to get rid of any drakes...just get more hens!

  5. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    Opps, I forgot a baby how could I!! There were 9 babies all together, I only listed 8. One more female name: How about Mocha! I know which one will be Mocha, I will take pictures later on who is who! To be continued!
  6. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    What happened to the caramel candy line up? [​IMG]
  7. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    I don't know, coffee keeps me calm so do the ducks! [​IMG]

  8. davekrista

    davekrista Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    Quote:When are they sexually mature? I was thinking about watching metzer video but haven't had the time yet to really sit down and check mine. But if I just wait, when will they be sexually mature and when will I be able to tell for sure if I don't 'sex' them?
  9. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Around 7 weeks you will know for sure. Big change in voices.

  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I've also noticed that the male's bill will turn more green at that age compared to females the same age. Females usually either stay blue at 7 weeks or start to turn orange from what I've been noticing.

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