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    Identifying Gender of a Baby Duck

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Duck gender will need to be figured out when raising ducks. The differences between adult male and female ducks is much more noticeable due to a number of obvious distinctions. However, when they are young it is much trickier to determine whether you have a duck male or a duck female. Baby duck gender can be ascertained though a method called vent gendering. However, this can be a harmful process if not done correctly so should only be carried out if absolutely necessary.%%AFC-ADVERT%%

    •    To start to determine duck gender, hold the little duckling on its back in your hand. Turn the body so that the head is nearest to you and tail pointing away. Check under the tail to find a small opening called the vent. This is where eggs and faeces come out.

    •    The next step in figuring the difference of male and female ducks is to hold down the tail and press your thumbs each side of the vent. You must do this gently. There may be a small amount of secretion at this point which can be wiped clean. Keep the pressure firm until you can see the sexual organs emerging. A duck male will display a penis in the vent, while the duck female shows pink tissue folds.

    •    Now that you have found out if you have a duck male or duck female you can remove your grip and let the duck back down to the ground.

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