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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:07 pm 
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MALLARD DERIVED DUCKS - (everything except for muscovies)

Young ducks will make a quack at around 8 weeks, while the drakes will have a lot of trouble making any noise at all.

Usually a male (drake) will have 3 or 4 curled up feathers at the base of his tail. Males will make a woorp woorp noise, rather quiet and very repative.

Females will (duck) not have the curled tail feathers and make a VERY loud drawn out quarck, quarck quarck (not a spelling mistake) slowly decresing in voloume after each quarck.

Females are far more noisey than the drakes.

I will try to explain vent sexing for day olds at a later date.

SEXING MUSCOVIES

Day old vent sexing is possible. Othewise wait till roughly 10 weeks old, the drakes will double in size to the ducks quiet rapidly.

Hope this helps,

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:D So are you saying that us females never stop chattering...is that it!!! he he he...soz couldnt resist that one :)
Still looking out for someone who needs a good home for a chinese female goose......nothing special, just a grass eating, well loved (not in the oven!!) :) pet ? Please let me know if you see anything about? Thanks.


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Good to hear from you again mummagash :D

You have found the right man.. Tim! :lol:



You can vent sex all ducks and geese, been practising at work :roll:

Very handy when you can do it :D

Thanks for the tips :)


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Is it unusual for a duckling to begin quacking before 8 weeks? Mine is quite young and has started to quack. Although I guess the produce market it came from is not too reliable so I probably can't be sure of the age. I thought is was at most a month old though. Does this mean it is probably a female?


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Yes, if it is quacking at 4weeks i would say so. A 8 week old duckling should be mostly feathered, so if yours is still very downy and not feathery then you can pretty accurately tell it is under 8 weeks.

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Thanks for this thread ToH, my ducklings are just 4 weeks old and are quacking away, so i'm hopefull i have more ducks than dinners.....whoops drakes :wink:


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Hey TOH would it be possible to put instructions down for vent sexing young ducks? Or a site to be directed to?


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Jana wrote:
Hey TOH would it be possible to put instructions down for vent sexing young ducks? Or a site to be directed to?


I second that request.
I now have seven vents that need sexing! :P
I am willing to have a go if someone can give me some pointers.

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All yours to try and describe Tim :D :D

Its a lot easier if you can get someone to show you how to do it and then have a go infront of them.

Describing it... hmm. I'll scan an info sheet I have and see if it reproduces well enough.

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Lucy, and others, try getting hold of the following book:

"Storey's Guide to RAISING DUCKS" by Dave Holderread.

It has several pages of explanations and diagrams on sexing.
Those pages don't scan well unfortuately.

The book is also a very useful reference book on ducks.

Jacquie


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ok - here goes, t is hard to describe.

1. Pick up a duckling/gosling and turn upside down
2. Place a finger in the 'hinge' where the tail bends, this is to make a hard flat surface for you to GENTLY apply preasure to.
3. using your thumbs, gently peel back the rear end - emphasis on peeling rather than pushing, gentle pushing is ok.
4.you may find that the bird will poo, you will need to wipe this away so you can see properly, i is easier to peel when it is dry.
5. when you have peeled as far as you can possibly peel, if it is a drake a small line (penis) will appear, when i say small we are talking a few mls.
6. a duck will be very pink with no small line.
7. allow the skin to go back in place, turn bub right way up :lol: and you are all done.

If i get a chance i will take some pictures on a gosling for you. It is not as hard as it sounds, just dont push the life out of the little tacker - lol

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Mmm.
My little critters are very small.
Do they need to be a minimum age or does this method work when they are older too.

I agree it is easier if someone shows you the first time.
Once you have seen the difference between the two it is much easier.

So is there anyone in the Sydney area who wants to have a go at teaching me how to do it?
I am willing to bring the ducklings to you.

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Younger is better to prevent damage.

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I have ordered 2 Campbell ducks. The provider said they will be 1 day old and he is confident there will be females. You said it is possible to sex 1 day old Muscovies.. can I be sure he won't give me drakes


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not just muscovies, its possible to use the above methods on all ducks.

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