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Sexing a 5 month old muscovy

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by junglarium, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. junglarium

    junglarium In the Brooder

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    I was wondering if it's possible to know if my 5 months old muscovy is a male or female?
     

  2. chippysmom327

    chippysmom327 Songster

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    If they have a larger comb /waddle than others, it is most likely a roo.
     
  3. Mark HSV-AL

    Mark HSV-AL In the Brooder

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    Post a picture and I will give it a shot. [​IMG]
     
  4. junglarium

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    Here are 2 pictures. Hopefully it will help.
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  5. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

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    Picture are very dark and blurry but feet look small and beak is proportional to the head so I would say its a hen.
    Drakes usually have giant feet and beaks until they even out a bit with maturity.
     
  6. junglarium

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    I will take a better picture tomorow.
     
  7. junglarium

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    Here are some better pictures.

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  8. BYC-user-174785

    BYC-user-174785 Songster

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    Yes, it appears to be a hen.
     
  9. learycow

    learycow Crowing

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    Do you have another muscovy to compare it to?
    With this breed, the hens and drakes will be drastically different in size. But if you only have one and are unsure of what to look for, then it can be easy to mistake hens for drakes and vice versa.
    It looks like a drake to me. At 5 months a drake won't have more caruncling than a hen. He will be larger in size though.
    Yours looks like it has a fairly thick neck (indicating a drake).
    How much would you say the duck weighs? If the duck seems fairly small and lightweight (flies easily) then chances are its a hen. if the duck is fairly large and seems a bit too heavy to do much flying, then its probably a drake
     
  10. chippysmom327

    chippysmom327 Songster

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    Wow. I'm pretty dumb -_- . That was really stupid.
    Sigh... Newbie Problems.
     
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