Raising Ducklings and Goslings


Embden, African, and Toulouse Geese

Sexing Your Ducklings and Goslings


Normally we ship the birds straight run which means you get them as they hatch - which in larger numbers is about 50% males and 50% females. But we also can sex all of our ducklings and all of our goslings. We do not sex our guineas, pheasants or turkeys. You tell us the sexes you want and we will mark those birds with colored masking tape and charge an extra $2.05 per bird for this service.

Most goose breeds are only sold in pairs. For more common goose breeds (White Chinese, Embden, Toulouse and African), we will sell up to two more females than males. This means that if you purchase one male you can get up to three females. If you purchase two males, you can get up to four females. If you purchase three males, you can get up to five females, etc.

Following is the chart showing which breeds have which colors. Please note that if the band is on the bird's right leg, it is a male. If the band is on the bird's left leg, it is a female.

As these are rubber bands, they are extremely easy to remove. Just grab the band and pull it down over the foot.

DUCK BREEDS

DAY-OLD BIRD COLORS

BAND COLORS

Black Swedish

Black with a yellow chest

  Yellow

Blue Swedish

Gray with yellow chest

  Red

Buff

Tan

  Red

Cayuga

Black, may have yellow tint on chest

  Purple

Duclair

Yellow

  Yellow

Golden 300 Hybrid

Males-Blackish, Females-Brownish

  Blue

Grimaud Hybrid

Yellow

  White

Hookbill

Multicolored

  Black

Jumbo Pekin

Yellow

  Green

Khaki Campbell

Dark Brown

  Purple

Mallard

Same as Rouen, smaller, one back toe clipped

  Purple

Pekin

Yellow

  Purple

Rouen

Black with yellow stripes by eyes

  Green

Runners

Slender, more upright stance

 

   Black

  Black, may have yellow tint on chest

  White

   Blue

  Gray    

  Yellow

   Chocolate

  Dark Brown

  Green

   Fawn & White

  Yellow with tan splotches

  White

Saxony

Tan with yellow stripes by eyes

  Green

Silver Appleyard

Yellow with shades of black and gray

  Orange

Welsh Harlequin

Yellow with shades of black and gray

  Red

White Crested

Yellow with tuft of down on top of head

  Black

White Layer

Yellow

  Orange

 

 

 

GOOSE BREEDS

 

 

African

Olive grey & yellow

  Black

Brown Chinese

Olive grey & yellow

  Orange

Buff

Buff/tan & yellow

  Yellow

Buff Toulouse

Buff/tan & yellow

  Green

Embden

Yellow & light gray

  Red

Classic Roman

Yellow & light gray

  Green

French Toulouse

Olive grey & yellow

  Purple

Large Dewlap Toulouse

Olive grey & yellow

  Purple & Orange

Pilgrim

Male-Yellow & light gray,Female-Olive grey & yellow

  Blue

Roman Tufted

Yellow & light gray with tuft on head

  Black

Sebastopol

Yellow & light gray

  Orange

Super African

Olive grey & yellow

  Yellow

Toulouse

Olive grey & yellow

  Green

Tufted Buff

Buff & yellow with tuft on head

  Red

Tufted Toulouse

Olive grey & yellow with tuft on head

  Red

White Chinese

Yellow

  Orange


SEXING BAND COLORS

Sexing Ducks

Sexing DucksSexing Ducks
FEMALEMALE


You want to sex a baby Duckling or Gosling?
This cannot be easily explained. It can only be learned if someone is showing you the steps. We have been told it is similar to sexing rabbits. You must expose the cloaca. If a penis pops out, it is a male. If nothing pops out you have a female (or a male that has been done incorrectly). In the hands of an experienced sexer, this rarely causes any harm to the bird.

Sexing Adult Ducks
This is fairly easy. After about eight weeks, the males have a deep, raspy voice. The females have the typical, loud QUACK. In addition, the males develop a curly feather on their tail. If you see a curly feather, it is a male. If there is no feather, it is either a female or a male that lost his curly feather. Males also have larger heads and thicker necks. Males of the Rouen, Mallard and Welsh Harlequin breeds also develop the green head and colorful wings by about 15 weeks of age. Until that age they all look like females. In addition, the bill of Rouen and Mallard drakes is dull green by six weeks of age, females' bills are normally dark brown and orange. The final way to determine the sex is that if you see them lay an egg... it is a female.

Sexing Adult Geese
Sexing adult geese is more difficult as there are no definitive, obvious differences between males and females. Males are typically larger and have more shrill voices. They also seem to walk around appearing a bit more cocky with their chest stuck out, especially when challenged. Males are typically larger with thicker necks and bigger heads. And during the breeding season they are more protective of their female mates by standing with their neck extended between the intruder and their mate. By about January of the year following their hatch, you can often vent sex the adults. It is difficult to do before this time as the penis is very small before sexual maturity. But once it matures, it goes from the size of a pencil lead to a spiral corkscrew of a pencil's diameter and is barbed. The difficulty is in opening the vent sufficiently in an adult to make the penis pop out. Their sphincter muscles are pretty strong. Turn the bird over and use your forefinger and thumb to pull open and press the vent. You just have to practice until you can do it. But only try for about 45 seconds on a bird until you go to the next. They learn to clamp down and you will never be able to expose the penis after about 45 seconds of trying. Try that bird again tomorrow.
 

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