We, I mean I, bought 4 pekin ducks the other day. No immediate plans to eat them. The reason we ended up eating the first pair was because they were killing our hens. Those of you that are new to my blog missed my rant about how frisky male ducks can be, and that they will chase hens into a pond and attempt to mate with them until they drowned. While at the feed something snapped, and I decided to attempt the duck once again. However, I want to know if I have females or males.
With my anatomy of poultry book in one hand and a duckling in another, I set forth to discover it's future. I'm the kinky palm reader. If I go by the book, it seems I have 1 female and 3 males. Drakes have larger bodies and heads and have a soft quack, while the females have loud, hash quacks. I could also wait until their adult feathers come in and she if the drake's tail curls up, in doesn't on the females.
Excuse me duck.
Flip the duckling over Place the thumb above the vent and your first finger under the back. Place your second and third finger around the abdomen holding the legs between them. Using your other hand, press your thumb and finger together over the vent, the part them slowly so that the vent is extended and the sex organ is exposed.
That my friends, is how you sex a duck.
um. . . I don't see anything.