Muscovy gender?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wynneg, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. wynneg

    wynneg Just Hatched

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    I've checked online to try to determine whether I have a muscovy drake or a hen, but I can't seem to find anything that doesn't compare the two. I've seen that the muscovy drake tends to get their wing feathers AFTER the female, but I don't have a female muscovy to compare to. Same with the big feet/little feet thing. I was hoping I had a hen, but she/he is huge and primarily makes hissing noises, so I'm thinking drake. Opinions?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Huge and hissing sounds suspiciously like a drake.
     
  3. wynneg

    wynneg Just Hatched

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    Well, for whatever reason, I can't get a picture loaded, I've tried twice. I have a few other breeds of duck, but this is my first muscovy so I figured I'd get some opinions! :) I had also read that they differ in their face, drakes tend to have more prominent caruncle than the females, and mine is minimal compared to pictures of muscovy online.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Caruncle development is age and strain development. As drakes mature their caruncles grow. Also some strains have more caruncling? than others.
     
  5. wynneg

    wynneg Just Hatched

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    Ah, I did not know that. I was given this duck when one of our others was taken and killed by a hawk :( so I'm pretty new when it comes to muscovy. I made his/his picture my avatar, not sure if you're able to enlarge it or not to see. Thanks for your input!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Was able to enlarge it a little bit. I'd be reluctant to say drake or duck for sure.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Round body makes me think duck @sourland just wish the pic was better.
     
  8. wynneg

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    See if this shows up? I finally got a picture to load. :)
     
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  9. wynneg

    wynneg Just Hatched

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    I posted a better picture, finally figured out how to do it. Thanks! :)
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Looks female to me. Can you take one of her standing and facing you so we can see how far apart her legs sit under her?

    And Welcome to BYC @wynneg
     
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