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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:12 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I have nine Bantam Saxony ducklings hatched 20/10/2012.

They are feathering up nicely and I'm wondering if they're able to be sexed yet based on their colouring.

There are some that look female to my untrained eye and some that look make. Any help greatly appreciated.

I'm hoping to keep three females and rehome the remaining birds once I'm certain of their sexes.

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I think this one is female

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I think the one in the foreground here is male.
That's his Mum to the left.

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If anyone wants to have a go at identifying this group shot you're welcome.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:28 am 
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Hi,

Yes you can sex them by their colour now. The drakes should all be obvious as they colour up once head, breast colouror neck rings are present you know you have a drake.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:05 am 
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Great. Thanks heaps. I thought that was the case.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:14 am 
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I haven't had Saxony for a while so a bit rusty. I think the boys will be showing more blue down the back/rump & wing/shoulder feathers @ this stage. Some females can have partial white neck rings too.

For your middle photo which I can see more clearly, I think girl on left, boy on right. You should be able to tell them by voice now (from around four weeks of age).

This is an old photo of some young standard Saxony that may (or may not) help. The two birds on left are boys (richer coloured), & bird on right is a girl. You can see the female more even buff throughout while boys have the richer claret breast & thigh & blue rumps, shoulders etc. The males also have the light grey head colour growing in (see larger photo in Gallery)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:06 am 
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Thanks. That's really helpful. I'd noticed those things already but not confident. Their voices are definitely changing too.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:08 pm 
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rollyard wrote:
This is an old photo of some young standard Saxony that may (or may not) help. The two birds on left are boys (richer coloured), & bird on right is a girl. You can see the female more even buff throughout while boys have the richer claret breast & thigh & blue rumps, shoulders etc. The males also have the light grey head colour growing in.


I haven't had a chance to catch them up and listen to their 'voices' yet.
There are definitely three that are obviously female and maybe four that are definitely male.
Then there are a couple that I'm a bit dubious about.

I'll try and get a photo/s of them tomorrow.
I'm not certain that the line is entirely pure as in the past I've had all yellow ducklings hatch.
All of this clutch had the barring on their heads but it is possible there is something else in the mix that is causing the sexing by colour to be more difficult.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:22 pm 
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Hi Lucy C; following is what the standard Saxony I had looked like as very young ducklings. The two doses of blue dilute considerably (some minor variation between birds) resulting in a very pale grey over head & to a lesser extent down the back to the tail.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Yes. That's what my babies looked like.
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This was as day olds I think.
In a previous clutch I had a couple that were all yellow.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:31 am 
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How did the all yellow ducklings turn out?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:44 am 
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I don't know. It was all a disaster as I scared mum off the nest and had eleven ducklings brooding inside. I gave them all away as soon as I could. They hadn't feathered up.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Hi Lucy C

Bad luck with your unfortunate experience re: the mother duck & ducklings. I guess that this is the way things go sometimes though.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:32 pm 
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Yep. It was fun having them in the house for the first few days. My set up is good and I've got all the right stuff. Just doesn't stop the smell. I told the boy next door his mum had said he was allowed to take them all home as a joke. He was not impressed at all.

So, tonight I've sexed the nine ducklings. I think I have five drakes which will go tomorrow and three definite hens. The fourth one I'm not certain. She sounds like a hen but is darker in colour but not as dark as the drakelings. I've kept her in the hope she's a girl. Amy thoughts?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:19 pm 
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UPDATE: I rehomed five drakelings and now have what I hope are four female ducklings (is there a proper word for them?) and their mum.

I sexed them by voice and colour but I need some more help. Two of the girls are very similar and the other two are coloring up a bit darker. It's these two that I'm concerned might be drakes.

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Interested in opinions without me pointing out which ones I think are the boys. Any help greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:24 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:01 pm 
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Anyone out there with an opinion? Or should I put this in 'What is this?'.

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