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

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

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    The only one i'd even venture a guess at is the one being held, and it looks like a duck. How old are they.?
     
  2. EthenNoah

    EthenNoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These pictures are all of the same duck, it was born the first week of september
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    Too young to say then.
     
  4. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovy's are the hardest to tell!!!! I had to wait until they got the red to tell and even then my girl duck is named Olly and my boy duck is named Poppy [​IMG]

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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    Boy did you have a hard time. [​IMG] I have had Scovies for going on 9yrs and i still have trouble every once in a while,usually around 4-6 weeks them legs the size of small trees will start to give the drakes away.
     
  6. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I was a duck newbie!!!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    I know it and i am kidding you, I think Muscovies are the hardest for 1 they don't get the curled tail feather that most are looking for.
     
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    What a cute pair! Yeah, they probably win the award for hardest to tell... for me, i mostly get drakes so i know them unfortunately too well lol
     
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Really hard to say, the pictures being so dark hide the legs and the overall shape of the bird. Drakes are hefty boys, they have bigger legs, feet and just overall mass. The girls are more delicate, petite and almost appear to have a 'girly' shaped head lol
     
  10. TeamRetic

    TeamRetic Out Of The Brooder

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    How many weeks is it when the Muscovy drakes would have its big growth spurt that seem to get almost twice as big overnight? Mine were also hatched in the beginning of sept and its hard to tell the gender of them.
     

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