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close this bookBetter Farming Series 39. Raising Ducks 1: How to Begin (FAO, 1990, 73 p.)
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View the documentPreface
close this folderIntroduction
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View the documentWhat do you need to raise ducks?
close this folderLearning about ducks
View the documentWhere can you raise ducks?
View the documentWhat kind of ducks can you raise?
View the documentWhat can ducks eat?
View the documentHow many ducks should you raise?
View the documentHow to keep ducks safe and well
View the documentNow you must decide
close this folderHow to begin
View the documentChoosing a place to raise ducks
View the documentBuilding a shelter for your ducks
View the documentThe floor of a duck shelter
View the documentBuilding nests
close this folderThe ducks
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View the documentChoosing ducks for your flock
View the documentHow to choose good ducks
View the documentHow to tell the difference between female and male ducks
View the documentHow to handle your ducks
View the documentAfter you get your ducks
close this folderGrowing your own baby ducks
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View the documentHatching your own eggs
View the documentSetting the female duck
View the documentThe baby ducks
View the documentPutting your new baby ducks with the flock
View the documentWhen to use or sell the meat
View the documentTaking care of your ducks
View the documentFurther improvement

How to tell the difference between female and male ducks

110. When you first begin with a flock of 6 ducks you must have 1 male duck to be able to grow your own baby ducks.


5 female ducks and 1 male duck

111. So, it is very important to be able to tell the difference between female and male ducks. You can tell the difference

· by listening to the quack made by the duck
· by looking at the feathers near the tail of the duck.

Listening to the quack

112. If you are going to begin with ducks of 8 weeks or older, you can tell female from male ducks by listening to them quack.

113. When ducks have reached this age, the quack made by a female is very different from the quack made by a male

114. Gently hold the duck by the tail until i1 begins to quack.

A female duck will make a hard, loud quack.
A male duck will make a soft, rough quack.


Quack at the female and male duck

Looking at the feathers

115. If you are going to begin with ducks of 4 months or over, you can tell female from male ducks by the feathers on their tails.

116. When ducks have reached this age, male ducks have curled feathers on their backs near the tail and female ducks have none.


Flocks at the female and male duck