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How old before a muscovy will start laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Yashar, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Yashar

    Yashar New Egg

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    I have been raising a lone Muscovy for nearly 5 months and was wondering when she (I'm pretty sure it's a she) could start laying.
    Thanks

    One other thing. I'm hoping to get a few more to keep her company. If I get adults will it take much to get them to get along?
     
  2. ThebigE

    ThebigE Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry your gonna have to wait another tow its 7 months, well 6 to 7 but 7 being the average
     
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Yep, 7months is the average laying age for a Muscovy hen. If you get some more Muscovies (which I am sure she would love!), it depends some on their personality but mine usually take to new birds pretty easily.... the Hens are a little more "territorial" (or bratty) with new hens than drakes.

    Do you have a picture of your Scovy? [​IMG]
     
  4. Yashar

    Yashar New Egg

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    Here are a couple shots of "Moby Duck." What do you think? He or She? Moby is right about 5 months old.

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  5. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moby Duck! [​IMG] i don't see drake feathers, I vote gal. Very pretty too!
     
  6. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Muscovies do not have drake feathers, only Mallard-Deriviatives do [​IMG]
     
  7. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Muscovies do not have drake feathers, only Mallard-Deriviatives do [​IMG]

    Learned something today! Thanks.
    Soooo, how do you determine sex on Scovies?
     
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    That second picture almost screams Drake, the legs look HUGE!! He also has a very drake-ish head... The boys always have bigger heads than the girls [​IMG] Do you have a picture of Moby Duck from above? so I can see the body & tail shape?
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011
  9. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my vote is a drake. no eggs for you, man.
     
  10. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Muscovies do not have drake feathers, only Mallard-Deriviatives do [​IMG]

    Learned something today! Thanks.
    Soooo, how do you determine sex on Scovies?

    As adults, drakes are almost twice the size, including their caruncles, which are much more pronounced. The drakes also have much bigger feet and very thick legs. They also make different calls, have a different body shape, and have a different shaped tail.
     

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