|Better Farming Series 39 - Raising Ducks 1: How to Begin (FAO, 1990, 73 p.)|
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