Is my white scovie a drake?!?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newchickmom09, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster 9 Years

    Jul 15, 2009
    Today my white scovie turned 3 weeks old, he/she hatched 6/16. From what I have been reading the males will start to double in size and be twice the size of females around 4 weeks old. [​IMG] These are my first scovies so I am not that sure. He/she is just beautiful and a love. If it does end up being a male then his new name is going to be Conan (from Conan the barbarian).
    Here are some pics of him/her last week at about 2 1/2 weeks old with my chocolate scovie
    Pics from today at 3 weeks old
    Next to a regular soda can so you can compare the size
    Him/her next to a week old and 2-3 week old scovies

    His/her feet is larger then the top of the soda can. [​IMG] They just seem so huge to me. Plus this scovies body is bigger then my swedish mixes body and that duckling is two weeks older.

    The reason I am not asking about my chocolate scovie is because my neighbor's dog got a hold of him/she yesterday. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I will start a different thread for that. So I had to go get more scovies to keep my one last white one company, those are the two little ones in the last pic.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  2. De

    De Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    It is young, but I do think its a drake, but the first choc. you had looked like one to...I don't think he will stay white....
    the new one are choc. and a blue one I think.....
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  3. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    My white 'scovies don't have blue beaks. In another thread I asked about a color of one of mine, and was informed it couldn't be a barred because barreds, as ducklings, have a colored tail, yellow down, and dark beaks...

    Also, I can't tell sex at all until the EARLIEST at 8 weeks, usually sure on sexes by 10-12 weeks. I find that some compete better than others and I've definitely been tricked by hefty girls sometimes, thinking they were males. By 10-12 weeks though I'm always sure as the boys do exceed the girls. Some can tell by foot size but I've not found that to be terribly easy to do with a clutch until 8 weeks old. [​IMG] Others who are more experienced can likely do it. I've been raising them for 3+ years now though, still can't do it much earlier than 8 weeks. I think with my current batches I'll give 'foot sexing' more of a try, as I've heard also that 4 weeks the males start getting bigger.
  4. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster 9 Years

    Jul 15, 2009
    Quote:When I first got his one his/her tail had blue/black at the end of the feathers. Now it looks like the feathers are turning all white. The lady I got them from has all white and pied drakes and hens running together.
  5. MDC

    MDC Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Your duckling will most likely be a chocolate barred, from the looks of it. Of course, the light of the photo might skew the color of the tail but in the one photo it appears to be chocolate from where I sit. The blue bill (chickens have beaks, ducks have bills [​IMG] ) on what would otherwise be considered a "white" duckling is an indicator of barring, as is the color on the tip of the tail.

    As far as determining gender, the size difference begins to show at about 4 weeks, it's not pronounced at that point so 4 weeks is early; 6 weeks or 8 weeks and you should really be able to tell.

    A duckling can be barred and pied, so unless it's from known solid parents, a bit of white appearing initially (usually begin to feather along the belly and shoulder) it still might have some color to it as the feathering-in process progresses.

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