Muscovy duckling caruncles ...what sex is she?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wokawidget, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2009

    I have a 5 week old Black and White Muscovy duckling.

    "She" has a small narrow head, small feet, no tree trunk legs...and when a did the vent sexing method a while ago I definately didn't see any male bits...but this was the 1st time I did it and i didn't want to hurt her.

    She ticks all the boxes so far for being a female duck...however...just where her beak turns into skin and feathers, just above her nosterals, there is a 3mm sq patch of what appears to be the start of potential caruncles.

    I have a read a few places that these don't start in females until they are feathered :(
    Is this a general rule of thumb, or is it random?

    I know, I'll get one as soon as I have the chance


    Last edited: Sep 14, 2012
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Caruncling (wonder if that's a word) occurs in some ducks earlier than others. Although most muscovy hens show relatively little caruncle development others have significant caruncles. Hopefully you have an early developing hen.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I have found with mine there is no definite aging on when it occurs, i have 8 babies all from the same clutch the majority being male and the fleshy parts vary in the development. (they are 3mths) As for the ducks, this will vary too, some have more, some have less some have in-between amounts. I have one with significantly less than any other duck i have.

    Here this is Lilly, she is the one with the least amount of the facial flesh


    Whereas this is Lilac as you can see she has much more, these ladies are practically the same aging give or take a couple mths.

    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012
  4. learycow

    learycow Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    I also agree that it depends on the duck. I have some that are roughly 6 weeks old and just starting to show caruncle growth. I vent sexed them when they first hatched so I know I have males and females. They are still similar in size, so its hard to tell males from females, but the caruncle growth seems to be about them same on all of them.
    I know its hard but waiting is the only thing you can do sometimes! Just give it some time!
  5. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2009
    I have taken some photos....finally.
    She/he is just over 5 weeks old.





  6. Anne Seward

    Anne Seward New Egg

    Jan 16, 2017
    Hello. I'm new to this forum. I'm hoping that someone can tell me what gender this Muscovy is. It came into our animal rescue on the weekend. We have two female Muscovy's already and are hoping that this one is a female and can join the the group. Thanks in advance.



  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @Anne Seward The Muscovy looks to be female to me. Lovely too.

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