How to Spot a Muscovy Cross?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by suki'smom, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. suki'smom

    suki'smom Songster

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    I went and traded 10 young OE chicks for 5 adult ducks. The woman I got them from had a big, beautiful flock of ducks. Some were mixed breeds and some were pure. Now she had several Muscovys in the pen and I told her I didn't want any Muscovy crosses, but this was after I had already picked out one colorful duck and had it in my cage. She steered me in the right direction and I selected 1 Blue Swedish drake, 1 Jumbo Pekin hen, 1 Rouen hen, 1 Rouen/Welsh Harlequin hen (I think), and my little mystery maybe Rouen/Welsh Harlequin drake (again I think. Its young but it sounds like a boy).

    Once I got them home (it was an hour and 15 min drive) I realized what had happened and began to ponder whether or not this may be a Muscovy mix. I had selected several ducks that she said were Muscovy crosses so I didn't get them. They looked similar to this one color wise but its hard to say if it has any similar physical features as I dont have a Muscovy cross to compare it to. Its smaller than the other ducks I got but she also said "That's a young one" so maybe its just an age difference. It has a light colored bill and what looks like a slightly longer tail than the other ducks. I think I see reddish coloring around the base of the bill but since its so light colored it hard to say if that is pigment or a sign of Muscovy parentage.

    I have no use for a Muscovy cross as I want these ducks for breeding. If it is a female at least she could earn her keep by laying eggs (infertile of course). If it is a male, however, it's basically useless to me (other than being so darn cute!) and I'd rather not eat it so it would probably go back to the breeder.

    I can post pictures tomorrow but I thought I would ask what I should be looking for to spot a Muscovy cross. I am already attached to it so any help is much appreciated!

    *fingers crossed* :)
     

  2. serama hen

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    MUSCOVIES ARE A SWEET BREED OF DUCK WISH THEY DIDNT HAVE THOSE STUFF ON THE FACE
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    Crosses can be very beautiful. Usually they won't have the coloring of either a muscovy or a mallard derived breed, but part of both. I have also noted that the caruncles are barely there, like they want to develop, but don't get around to it.
     
  4. Dianuzhka

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    I want to see a picture of this cute duck :)
     

  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Please share pictures when you can. Hopefully it's a duck and not a drake since you have a drake in that group already. You will get a wide variety of oddly colored ducklings from that mixed breeding flock for sure.
     
  6. petjem

    petjem Chirping

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    I think that's half their beauty! Makes them special! ;)
     
  7. suki'smom

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    Ok here it is. I've been it calling it a "she", wishful thinking I guess lol

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  8. suki'smom

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    The multi-colored ducklings are kinda what I was going for with this flock :)
     
  9. jdywntr

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    Yup. I would say that is a muscovy cross. Hard to say if it's male or female. I've only had one scovy cross. I think it was crossed with a rouen. He got very large and grew faster than my scoovy drakes. He never really got many caruncles and his were black.
    Nice looking ducks though.
     

  10. suki'smom

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    Thanks for the input, she is very small though. Even the woman's adult Muscovys were small...Is there a such thing as a bantam Muscovy? She may have to go back to the breeder...
     

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