the gender of 5 weeks old muscovies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Michael Stamati, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Michael Stamati

    Michael Stamati Out Of The Brooder

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    hello dear members,
    i would like to know how you can sexing the ducklings which is 5 weeks old???. which are the physically criteria?
    here are the photos.someone who know,can tell me how many males or females i have ..please...
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    also,is a good way to recognise the gender with the caruncling,at this age??i know that the adult male muscovies have bigger caruncling than the ducks.

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    i think 2 has more caruncling than 1 .
    some ducklings have lost their feathers on the back,as you can see in the photos..i do not know why......

    thank you!!!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Losing feathers maybe from other nibbling on them or they are in the stage where they are losing fluff and feathers are just beginning to come in, can't tell by photos. and at 5 weeks carnucling isn't a good way to tell, I see at least 1 drake top photo light duck to right of blk/white duck ways to tell drake from duck at this age drakes are beginning to pull away from the ducks by getting longer and larger, their legs are thick and set farther apart than the ducks are, feet are larger also. Ducks have short oval bodies looking like American football in shape. legs are closer together and when they walk almost look like they will step on their own feet. girls have actually feminine faces too. #1 looks more girly than #2 and maybe #2 is a drake since the carnicling is more pronounced. They are all very pretty, some things to consider duckling when bored will sometimes nibble on each other hence bald spots, maybe give them something to do, hang a head of cabbage out for them to eat or lettuce, I have pumpkins cut open and laying around for them to nibble on.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    If there all the same age, look for sizing... ducks are small, drakes are not... by about 3-4wks they start going in much different paths with the drakes almost seemingly to be on the fast track.


    An old pic of my March hatch, the only duck is at the top, the rest are all drakes... you can see how much smaller she is than them.
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  4. Michael Stamati

    Michael Stamati Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you [​IMG].
    but #2 has thicker legs & larger feet than #1 ,however they are at the same age,and they have the same size!!!!.....[​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Pictures are hard to go by sometimes, Maybe taking some pics of ducklings face forward with legs and feet showing, also side views I know when you have quite a few ducklings it can take a while but this is about the only way we can help you since we can't see them in person. But answer this the drakes when looking at them straight on should have legs set farther apart under their bodies thick legs and long bodies Ducks legs are set closer together and when they walk almost look like they are going to step on their own feet, and they have an American football shape when looking at them from the side. I was looking at my 2 ducks from this years hatch tonight, they are 4 months old and ones legs are thicker than her sisters and she has always been bigger over all in body size but still a girl. They can sure fool ya at times. But at 4 months the brother to these two is about double their size.
     
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  6. Michael Stamati

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