So you think you can sex Muscovy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nes, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which of these ducks are boys?

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    Here's a hint: There are 3 of them.

    They are all the same age and 3 of them are from the same hatch. I am quite positive as I just saw mating behaviour from the not-so-much-a-girl.

    I give up ever trying to sex muscovy...
     
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Girl, boy, boy.
     
  3. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are 5 ducks altogether, 2 are girls 3 are boys. The last two on the right are definitely the boys, but there is one more in that picture.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The duck to the far left is somewhat obscured, but it still looks like 3 hens and two drakes. Hens will engage in mating behavior with other hens upon occassion.
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 3 on the left look the same size and smaller than the 2 on the right. Hard to tell from the angle but it looks like 3 girls and a boy. Girls on left and boys on right.

    Oh and unless you saw a penis after the deed was done, mating behavior does not guarantee sex. Males will try to mount males and females may mount females. So.......

    The easiest way is size and those to blacks are huge, the rest look small so as long as they are the same hatch (not just close in age) you should be able to tell.
     
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the one on the far left and the 2 on the right? are those the boys?
     
  7. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh, don't make me go out there and watch them some more!! [​IMG]
    Same-sex pairs of most species engage in dominance activities, but I'm quite sure they were mating.

    The littlest black did have some health issues (angel wing) so it even makes sense that he would have matured more slowly.

    He also acts more like a boy then a girl. The girls are always flying off on their own, while the 3 bruisers waddle around intimidating the other animals. I'll bet "she'll" fill out a lot more in the coming months and look just like the brothers.
     
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  8. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    boy, girl, girl, boy, boy

    [​IMG] im just guessing
     
  9. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of noises does the little black one make? If it's hissing and huffing I'd bet it is a boy but if not I'd have to agree it looks like a female.
     
  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know, even the caruncling is different. The 3 on the left have "girly" caruncling and the 2 on the right have much more. I don't think that angel wing would have inhibited growth rate. [​IMG]

    I went through a similar stage with mine. Thought for sure that one was a girl becuase of the size, talked to the breeder and they were from different hatches.
     

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