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Any ideas why my (Muscovy drakes' tail feathers) are different??...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by critters, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. In an earlier post about sexing muscovy ducks there was some questions about the drake having different
    tail feathers than the duck...

    I had said that my 17 week old drakes have one feather in their tails that sticks out farther
    yet my older drake had lost his long feather with molting...

    shown are my 2 drakes and 2 duck muscovy young'uns...you can see the males
    have that one long feather...silver drake is Big Boy Ty, dark drake is Cutie Pie Cuddles,
    the silver duck is Asia and the dark duck is Claire

    Am only trying to show that my young drakes 'do' have a 'drake feather'
    even if it is only for a short time.

    Aren't the young'uns cute?

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011

  2. ian4379

    ian4379 Songster

    May 8, 2011
    never seen it before, is it possible that the ducks have one too and they've just grown out before youve seen them? it looks like youve caught a picture of the tail feathers as they are growing and the middle one comes out first? i'll keep an eye out on mine, interesting.

    its a pity they dont do this at 4 weeks! it obvious what sex they are at 17 weeks.
  3. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Songster

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    never seen it before eather.[​IMG]
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Pretty birds! i dunno.. not seen that happen with my boys.. i don't think there is a drake feather with the Muscovy breed. I actually have a hen with a tail like that right now lol
  5. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    They do not have different tail feathers. Some times they molt and they are short etc, but the tails are the same.
  6. OK...umm, then why do my drakes have this one long feather???
    I am with them several times a day and have not seen this on my hens
    and the drakes tail feathers all grew seemingly at the same rate THEN
    the longer feather grew out...

    so what gives...I have a group coming up that are 9 weeks right now
    and I will have to watch their tails to see what happens with them...
    (I believe I have a few drakes out of the six but too early for me to tell)
    I also think the longer feather came out @11-12 weeks of age.....
    Anyone know why my drakes have this feather then??? [​IMG]

    will watch for your input [​IMG] Thanks!!
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have a Muscovy drake thats 19 weeks and I just went to look at his tail feathers, nope his aren't like that. But he is molting too. so maybe that what your seeing that one feather just hasn't dropped out yet on your boys. Looks like they maybe molting just looking at the tail feathers. They are beautiful by the way. [​IMG]

  8. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    They have that long feather bemuse they are either molting or coming out of molt. Trust me, i can promise you that Muscovy tails have no influence on their sex.
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:I was just visiting your website. iajewel, it is awesome.
  10. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Thank you very much. I just put that up. Im working on a Muscovy genetics section where photos of colors etc will be there with discriptions, so come back in a while if you like that sort of thing.

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