Vent sexing ducklings

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  1. StockDogLovr

    StockDogLovr Well-Known Member

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    I've got 11 two week old ducklings. I saw a video on Metzer's website about vent-sexing day-old ducklings, but they said you can't do it on older ducklings, and I wondered why. You would think the penis would become even easier to see on the older boys! Any advice on sexing the older ones? I'd like to keep four or five girls and move out the rest sooner rather than later. Runner and Runner cross babies though they are all pretty upright like Runners. I'm in Northern California if anyone is interested in ducklings!
     
  2. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    The reason being is that they gain control of their parts better as they age, and you're more likely to hurt them if you don't know what you're doing.
     

  3. GrannyCarol

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    They hold it tighter as they grow up, as mygoat said.

    The next time I can tell is at 3-4 weeks by careful observation. I can hear the "quack" developing in the girls. By 4 weeks, I'm pretty sure of what I've got.
     
  4. mekasmom

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    I just wait until they are old enough to have a drake feather or not.
     
  5. StockDogLovr

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    One more week and that's what I'll try to do :)
     
  6. GrannyCarol

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    Oh, I don't think I could wait that long! lol

    My daughter and I just messed with all the 4-5 week olds this week and discovered that 11 out of 12 of them quacked! At least I have lots of girls! A little patience at four weeks and you can find the quackers, by five weeks, when you pick them up the girls will quack pretty much every time. Some of them were pretty quiet and took a bit longer, but we got them all sorted out.
     
  7. Pony

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    Once you get the ducklings figured out, maybe someone can help me with sexing my geese. They're a couple of months old, and I have NO clue.
     
  8. GrannyCarol

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    Hah! No geese for me! :)

    I have no idea personally about geese at all and, if I get some, I will definitely get a line that is autosexing by the gosling down!

    When I want autosexing ducklings, I breed a brown drake on a black hen (particularly useful with my Anconas) and the brown ducklings will be girls. Doesn't work with a black drake and brown hens. Also I can raise Welsh Harlequins, where the bill color at hatch will be about 90% indicative of sex. Mostly I have to wait, but am going to try vent sexing day olds next year, now that I've seen the video and know what to try. I wish I'd seen that when my 10 Saxony ducklings hatched! I'd love to keep one or two girls and sell the rest, I'll have to wait another week and feed the voracious babies!
     
  9. Cyngbaeld

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    Some geese will auto sex on hatch. Embdens will, but you have to mark them. Pilgrims and cotton patch will but you don't have to mark them.
     
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    That's what I thought. Which of those breeds would you recommend as a small goose with a mellow personality?

    Not that I'm considering geese, of course.... of course!! :)
     
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    Pilgrims or Cotton Patch are usually mellow, but my Embdens are also shy and mellow. They aren't small though.
     
  12. Pony

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    My two remaining Toulouse geese are lovely and let me pet them and follow me around like a couple of pups.

    Sadly, I believe they are both males. <sigh>
     
  13. GrannyCarol

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    If I were to get a goose, I'd want a small one (or two) and it would be basically for pets to keep with my ducks. I'm not looking for meat, just think it would be fun to have a goose or two and I don't have much room. I hear they will "mother" a flock of ducks if raised with them, that would be cool. I think I'd have to start with day olds and raise them with the ducklings, since they'd have to get along.

    I saw your ad for the Embdens, but, for one, just too far away and too large.

    I met a gosling at the feed store that charmed me.... so now I'm piqued! :)
     
  14. Cyngbaeld

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    Beware of feed store goslings. They are nearly always swan necked derivatives and are frequently aggressive.

    Pilgrims aren't usually real big. American Buffs are a medium size goose and are quite gentle. They do not autosex though. Wish they did! Cotton Patch are very rare.
     
  15. GrannyCarol

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    No, we didn't get the feed store gosling, I'd have to know more about what I'm getting! The Pligrims sound pretty good, research shows that the Cotton Patches fly pretty well, that won't work here at all. Can you buy day olds from the hatcheries that are sexed?

    Maybe next spring... :)
     
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    I've got 2 breeds of geese and the Pomeranian is by far my favorite. I've decided to either re-home the Americans or put them into the freezer and to order a couple more pairs of Gray Saddleback Pomeranians.

    I doubt that the geese would defend ducks, but you'd better not, by golly, mess with their goslings. I feel sorry for any hawk that tries it. Those ganders will kick his butt.
     
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    im all for the pilgrim when we move to a home with more land we will have pilgrims kind temperd good mothers AUTOSEXING! and a farely decent table bird of good size but not huge! pilgrims and appleyards :)!!! one day one day!!!