Muscovy ducks-Males or females?-Better pics Post13!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bossynbella, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of these where born the last week of April, the other five where hatched May 10th (My Birthday!) I am really not seeing any differences just yet, is that because it's too soon, or did I end up with all 7 of one thing. [​IMG] please not all boys, please not all boys [​IMG]

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    Here are a couple from about a month ago, just in case seeing the difference helps? The two bigger/more feathered ones here are the older ones.
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  2. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like its about impossible to get any answers in this section, either no one knows about Muscovy's or there are so many posts it gets buried to quickly. Hoping someone has some idea, I can't keep them all, and would like to know what I have to decide how many I can keep.
     
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no experience with Muscovy. Sorry. I do know that there should be a good size difference between males and females. Storey's says 65% difference at 3 weeks, 55% at 12 weeks and 45-50% at 26 weeks. Hard to tell in the pics but if you have any a good bit larger, I'd say males. They do sound different but not as easy to tell as other breeds. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  4. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to the muscovy breed too, but I'll tell you what I think based on the few that I have raised.
    First of all, I have noticed that it is VERY HARD to tell size difference through pictures!
    But it looks to me like your's are all the same size. One of the cream colored ones looks a little smaller, the one in the bottom right hand corner of the 2nd picture. I would say that's a female, and the rest are males. If they are all from the same hatch, you should be able to notice size difference by now.
    I have a batch that are now 2 months old, and by week 5-6, the size difference from the males vs females was VERY noticeable. I ended up with 3 females and 6 males : ( I couldn't keep all of mine as well, but I at least had an idea which ones were the females.

    One thing I have found helpful is to look at their legs. The males have LARGE legs, they are much thicker than the females. You can also look at their neck size. The females have much thinner, more feminine necks while the males will have big thick necks.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I was able to tell mine by about 6-7wks... it's hard with them though.. i would need more direct leg/feet pictures ... the leg is thicker, feet bigger(drake)... i got two new ducklings last weekend but the old farmer could easily pick out hens for us of coarse he'd been doing it forever which helps a lot lol

    There all fabulous colours though! muscovy are a pain to sex.. they like to keep it hidden i suppose but eventually it's unmistakable.. (the sizing and flight ability)

    Here is a pic of my one drake, one hen they were 9wks? (Yep 9+wks they were hatched may 3rd) Notice leg differences, body sizing and overall head appearance? those drakes become big old basketballs with legs [​IMG]

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  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it was hard to get an answer because many of us didn't have one. I, for one, don't reply unless I have an answer. If you could take pics of their feet and legs that would be helpful. I was supposed to get one male and one female based on a vent sex but I'm starting to think they got mixed up and that I have two girls. Mine are 6 weeks old and there has never been a noticeable size difference and they both have slender legs that taper. The males I've seen have legs that look like tree trunks with no taper on them.
     
  7. ian4379

    ian4379 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm the same, i looked at them and couldn't tell, they really do all look similar, it might be a good idea to try get closer photo's of them in two groups. maybe the darker ones then the lighter ones? again thought its not always easy to tell from photo's, especially when they are looking a bit freaked out.
     
  8. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 3 months (?) and there is a VERY noticeable size difference, and our "girl" has an over-all feminine look to her (I'm a new duck keep though, so maybe I'm wrong)

    The brown on the front left I'm moderately sure is a girl, and perhaps the middle one on the right. Maybe one of the creams too.

    If YOU can't see any differences, you've got boys. Maybe you can find someone locally to you that has all girls and wants to trade?

    I believe this is around 2 months

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    I think this may be 6 weeks

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    The brown one is the "girl", the other two are "boys".

    The size difference is even bigger now (but I've lost my camera so I don't have any newer photos...)
     
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  9. De

    De Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need more pics. 1 or 2 at a time...but from what I can see it looks like all the dark ones are hens (females)..
    not so sure about the light ones....




    And Nes I think all of your are males...
     
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Nes- your right the hens do take on a rather feminine appearance.. by 3mths though you'll notice a lot more, your hens quack and they will fly.. the drakes 'try' but rarely get but a few inches off the ground.(mine are all 13wks)
     

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