Hen or drakes?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tlhorton, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. tlhorton

    tlhorton New Egg

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    I am new to this and have 3 Muscovy ducks. Breeder estimates 6-8 weeks old, possibly from different parents. Black/white is the smallest of the 3. White one seems to be the leader and can raise the feathers on the top of its head. The brown one has the widest body but is slightly smaller than the white. So far they all get alone fine! [​IMG]
     
  2. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting a high-quality picture – I was able to zoom in and examine them. It's a little easier in profile view, but it looks like the white is a male and the other two are females. The middle is definitely a female, and the one on the right is probably a female.

    I am going by the general body shape, size, and size of feet. The most reliable method is wing growth, which I can't see in this image.

    You can read this and look at the images to get a better idea of how to sex them yourself (Muscovies): http://www.raising-ducks.com/discerning-muscovy-gender/

    Nice ducks!
     
  3. tlhorton

    tlhorton New Egg

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    I couldn't get a clearer picture on the brown one. I'm worried it's male too. I'm afraid it won't end well for anyone when they get big enough to mate! [​IMG]
     
  4. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I can't tell for sure. If it ends up being a male, you may have to rehome it.
     
  5. tlhorton

    tlhorton New Egg

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    Thank you! You've been helpful!! :)
     

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