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Identification of Day Old Ducklings

Identification Color Chart for Day-old Ducklings


If your birds were sexed and identified with colored bands, remove the bands within three days. Females will have their band on the left leg, males on the right.


Special note for Mallards, sometimes the bands can fall off their little legs. Since US federal law requires that domestically bred Mallards have a rear toe clipped to permanently identify as such, we clip the opposite toe than the gender banding--males the left toe, and females the right. 
 
BREED 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

Golden Layer

Males-Blackish, Females-Brownish

Blue

Grimaud Hybrid

Yellow

White

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


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