how old do muscovy ducks have to be to tell the gender?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by EthenNoah, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. EthenNoah

    EthenNoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello i have 2 muscovy ducks they are around 2-3 months
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    At about 8 weeks the gender differences between them become very obvious as the males start to grow and get to be about 50% or more larger than the females - seemingly overnight.

    If your both look the same, they are likely the same gender.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    If you've been around enough of them by about 5wks or so you can see it. If your birds are already 2-3mths it'll be obvious if you have two different genders, males outsize females quite noticeably.

    Here i'll give you an example using my last clutch.. Ducklet in behind, drakelet in front... both the same age these were about 3.5 almost 4mths in this picture.

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    Another shot of the same girl( i only got one in my last clutch lol) she is the one closest to the feeder, the teeny one ... about 6.5wks/7wks in this picture. All the birds surrounding her are her brothers with the exception of the white one that is Lilly the duck who raised them.

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  4. EthenNoah

    EthenNoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok i just got mine and they must be alot younger than what i was told because my bigger one is just starting to loose the yellow and is getting some white on the neck
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you post some pics, does sound like they are probably too young yet to know for sure.
     
  6. EthenNoah

    EthenNoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are some pics of them

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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Pics are dark, but the last one I can see real well and looks like one is bigger than the other are they different ages?
     
  8. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my goodness they are very young yet - no way they are 2-3 months old.
     
  9. petjem

    petjem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they must be from a different clutch. Such a big difference in size to be siblings imo. Pics are too blurred to tell anything! Cute ducklings though! [​IMG]
     
  10. EthenNoah

    EthenNoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you, so they are to young to tell the gender?
     

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