It is difficult to guess what gender a duckling is just by looking at the duckling but my ‘farmingfriends’ friend Maureen has challenged me to take a guess at the gender of her three ducklings named Treacle, Toffee and Fudge.
‘Hi Sara, as someone far more knowlegable than me, how do you fancy taking a guess at the sex of my ducklings. I seem to have the full set small medium and large, have a feeling may have two drakes but the medium could just be a larger duck. Mo’
Hi Maureen, Smaller ducklings may mean females but it’s not guaranteed as some of my ducks are as big as my drake. What colour are their legs? My drake has bright orange legs and all the females have duller legs so this could be an indication, otherwise it’s waiting till their feathers develop and their call. Here’s a useful post about identifying ducks and drakes.
Look forward to finding out their gender.
The books say it is possible to identify a duck and a drake from about 5 weeks of age but in reality I found that it was only when my drake moulted and got his male plumage and the curled tail feathers that I was certain I had a male!
Here are some ways to help identify the gender:
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If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then check out the books shown above about keeping ducks which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced duck keeper.
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