NEW PICS***PLEASE HELP What breed of duck is this? E. Coast, Australia

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Countedsorrow, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I am a volunteer native animal rescuer and carer.
    A day or two ago I was called to pick up a gorgeous little duckling [​IMG]
    which I am 99% sure is not a native.

    I live on the east coast of NSW, Australia.

    Please help me identify the breed of duckling so I can
    put him/her with its own kind as no one has come to claim it despite
    much advertisement. Could it perhaps be a hybrid or wild? [​IMG]

    The closest I could find was a Muscovy (sp?) duckling looked similiar but I have
    really no idea. As much as we would love to keep it -
    I know ducklings are best in groups, so I would love to find him/her
    a home with a local breeder if they would take it.

    Thanks in Advance! [​IMG]

    PS Why do they wag their tail when they eat - are we upsetting it?

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    Oh, gosh - how can we give it up? [​IMG]

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  2. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone?

    Plus any ideas on convincing hubby that we really need to add ducks to
    our growing chook brood? [​IMG]
     
  3. buck431397

    buck431397 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we just had a pile of Muscovy babies born at work and they look just like him. as for the husband, i say don't ask, just apoligize....
     
  4. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Buck!

    I appreciate your help. [​IMG]
    Are the ducklings normally fairly distinctive
    or do they look similar to anything else?

    If they are distinctive, I guess I will start looking for a local Muscovy breeder
    to see if they would like an addition to their flock.


    Oh, and the tail wagging normal?
     
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    CS [​IMG] I'm from Kansas [​IMG]

    Looking at the first two pics the bill has more of a 'goose' look to it. I'm not familiar with muscovies so it could be that. From what I have read here, I think they are considered a nuisance here in the U.S.. Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong. I have heard good things too. Try the search button on here for muscovies and maybe it will have a lot of good things that you can relay to your husband;) Like Buck says don't ask just apologize with a good meal.
    The tail wagging,,,,,,happy and content, of course!
    again welcome to our coop.
     
  6. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!

    Hmm, maybe will have to wait for it to grow a little to see what it turns out to be [​IMG]
    Will check the muscovy posts too - thanks!


    A pest in the US? Naw, but so cute!
    Lucky he turned up in Australia then! [​IMG]

    I was reading that the drakes can grow from 4.6 - 6.8kgs!!
    (Thats as heavy as our dog!) And that an aussie Muscovy weighed in at 10kgs!!!
    (um... thats 22lbs)

    Wowza.
     
  7. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a muscovy to me. I agree, dont ask just apologize [​IMG]
     
  8. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks [​IMG]

    Is it true that ducks are best raised with ducks (like in pairs or more)?

    We only have some chooks (3 x Isa Browns, 1 x Australorp).

    Yay, glad tail wagging means it is happy (depite being temporarily lost)
    its probably happy to have its feed all to itself [​IMG][​IMG]

    It is about 20cm (8") long from tail to beak and weighs 191 grams -
    do you know about how old that would make it
    ?
    Or is there some other measurement that tells its age?

    Thanks so much for your input everyone!


    PS It would help matters with my husband if it turned out that he wasn't the
    only one the duckling spontaneously ... umm ... "exploded" on every time he picked it up [​IMG]
     
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  9. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Countedsorrow

    Countedsorrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Hehe [​IMG]

    Yup, that sounds about right -
    we thought native animal rescue would be awesome -
    then we got bitten, scratched and poo-ed on.
    Its still awesome, but you have reality in the meantime.

    We have chooks, who have some v. disgusting habits -
    but they are still one of the funniest animals I've seen,
    we can stand at the back door and watch 'em for hours [​IMG]

    Two of the chooks sit on my feet while I hang out the washing,
    getting a free ride around the backyard [​IMG]

    Totally worth it, wouldn't you agree?
     
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