Muscovy gender id?

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  1. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere that you can tell if a mucsovy is a boy or a girl by looking at the end of its beak.
    color=boy, no color=girl. is this true? if not, can you tell them apart? most of them are about 5 months old.

    was wondering because my cousin has a bunch of them and his daughter want's the brown one to be a girl, but I think it's a boy. post pic tomorrow if i see it. they're free range and like to spend the day across the road in an old softball field.
     
  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    That's totally not true.. but funny still! [​IMG]

    If they're all 5 months old you should be able to tell by size, the boys will be obviously bigger... bigger feet, longer body, wide tail(hens will have pointed tails), my boys also ahve kinda fat heads too [​IMG] The boys should also have more caruncles(red mask) than the girls too.
     
  3. jessylee

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    Definatly a wife's tale, my girls have color on their beaks. The feet look way bigger if it is a male. Always love to see pics of muscovies![​IMG]
     
  4. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the color on the tip of the bill will correspond to plumage color. White birds won't have color. Blue/black birds have a blackish grey spot. Chocolate birds have a nice brown spot. [​IMG]

    At 5 months they should be easy to distinguish sexes. Males are HUGE compared to the hens, and this can be noticed as early as 4-5 WEEKS of age. By the time they're 5 months, they're super easy to tell. At 5 months they are a LITTLE young to get caruncling, but they may be starting to get some in.
     
  5. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the duck in question, i think male
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    it is the only brown one, there are 2 or 3 white with brown though, he started with a drake and 2 hens that were blue/white, is the brown a resessive gene?

    here's a couple pics of some of the others, not to close, they're free range, so i couldn't get to close
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  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brown one does look like a male because he already has a lot more "crinkling" around the face. Also, I think your black one in the third pic is also a male, too.
     
  7. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brown duck looks like a hen. The group of 3 looks like 2 drakes and 1 hen (middle duck).
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The two you mentioned as being hens already have more crinkling and a longer tail the the other two that you say are drakes. Drakes have more crinkling in the face and longer, more square tails, hens do not have much crinkling and have a rounder body, which is why I responded the way I responded. They're still too young to have the full male or female features, but they seem to have enough.

    I know there's a lot of muscovy owners in this forum that can definitely give an idea about the gender.

    OP, do you have any other photos of the ducks that show the face better?

    ETA: Here is a link to photo of a male and a female wild-type by Mila Zinkova. The male is on the right:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Male_and_female_Muscovy_Ducks_2.jpg
     
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  9. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll post some pics tonite when they roost so I can get closer. there is only one duck that doesn't have red around the eyes, could that be a hen? it's the white w/ brown one in the last pic.
    The black duck in the 3rd pic is Big Daddy, the father of all of the others, I think the 2 original hens have disappered, for some reason or another.
    Anybody know about the color gene? wouldn't blue/white doucks throw only blue/white? or is the brown a recessive gene? there aren't any other ducks around us that I know of.
     
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    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The two you mentioned as being hens already have more crinkling and a longer tail the the other two that you say are drakes. Drakes have more crinkling in the face and longer, more square tails, hens do not have much crinkling and have a rounder body, which is why I responded the way I responded. They're still too young to have the full male or female features, but they seem to have enough.

    I know there's a lot of muscovy owners in this forum that can definitely give an idea about the gender.

    OP, do you have any other photos of the ducks that show the face better?

    ETA: Here is a link to photo of a male and a female wild-type by Mila Zinkova. The male is on the right:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Male_and_female_Muscovy_Ducks_2.jpg

    I've raised over 75 Muscovies over the last 2 yrs. and based on the caruncles I can see in these photos I'll stick with my opinion. closer pics of the faces would definatly help.
     

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