Male or female Muscovy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by salshappyhen, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. salshappyhen

    salshappyhen Just Hatched

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    Hi there.
    My two Scovies are approximately 6 months old and I am not totally sure if they're male or female. New to this. Any ideas? Thank you!![​IMG]
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  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    My guess, based on your photos, is that you have two ducks there...two very pretty girls! [​IMG]

    At that age, if one was a drake, you'd see a marked size difference (drakes are usually about 30% larger than ducks). Do either of them hiss, rather than trill? That's another sign of a possible drake.
     
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    both females
     
  4. salshappyhen

    salshappyhen Just Hatched

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    Thank you! No hissing but they both make adorable humming/trilling sounds especially after seeing the chickens when they haven't seen them for a bit! In your opinion -- since you both probably know more about them than I -- will they be happy not being able to hatch ducklings? I was hoping for a male and female and bought them as such. At what age will they lay? Thank you for your help!
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It's their main goal in life to hatch ducklings lol but you could always find fertile eggs my Muscovy's hatched Runners and Buffs last spring.

    They are gorgeous.

    Welcome to BYC @salshappyhen
     
  6. hilltopchicks77

    hilltopchicks77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine laid at about 4 months. I was 100% convinced it was male since it was huge next to the other one. Well the smaller one was killed by a predator and the larger one laid eggs lol
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will set this year. Depending on the weather in your area they could start about anytime. Mine here in NW MO start in late spring/mid summer. They may try to set the eggs even if they aren't fertile, and will likely hide them from you. So you'll have to keep a lookout for them if you want to eat them "the eggs that is".
     

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