How do you tell the difference between Mule and Muscovy ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bossynbella, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a muscovy hen who hatched out ten ducklings about two weeks ago, she lost 4 so now has six. There are two that are HUGE compared to the other four, we have a muscovy drake but also have some anacona and Rouen drakes. Yesterday I saw the Anacona chasing my other muscovy hen around. So now I am worried I ended up with some Mule ducks. How long till I can tell if they are pure Muscovy or not? and What are the signs?

    Thanks
    Melissa
     
  2. casslarrabee225

    casslarrabee225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found out around 8-9 weeks with my Khaki's. That's when I started to see the greenish feathers on the head of my males. Wasn't 100% until about 13 weeks when the tail feathers started to curl. Not sure if it's the same with Covy's though.
     
  3. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My question wasn't how to tell if they are boys or girls. Its how to tell if they are pure Muscovy's or if they are crossed with my other ducks = thus producing Mule (sterile) ducks

    Sorry if I wasn't clear to begin with!
    Thanks
    Melissa
     
  4. Alicia G

    Alicia G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I find that mules have a different shaped bill. They tend to be more on the mallard based side. The pattern can also give them away. If the rouen fathered some they may be a mallard based pattern. Anocna is harder to tell though
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may never know for sure and they may not all have the same dad. If any take more after mom they may look muscovy. I have ducklings out of my runners and some look just like mom, blue but I did not have a blue male so.
    Are you wanting to know to sell them?
     
  6. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, and to know what to keep. I don't want to sell them as muscovys and end up with them being Mule ducks (which I can sell for meat probably) and I want to keep some but I don't want to keep the mule ducks, as I am building a muscovy flock. I plan to pen up my non muscovy drakes after this, I just thought they would stick to their own like they did in the spring. Nope not this time. I will try to get some more pictures and see what you all think.
    Thanks
    Melissa
     

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