Trying to decide which Muscovy to keep

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jdywntr, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 muscovy ducklings turned out to be 4 drakes and 1 hen. [​IMG] I am trying to decide which drake to keep. I am basing this on behavior and looks. My 2 blue drakes are VERY flighty. They run when I move toward them. I have a black and white and a black barred too. The black and white was the first to eat from my hand and even after wing clipping returned for treats. I love the look of the barred though. My problem is that the barred drake's tail points downward. Instead of being in a straight line with his body.

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    Is this a defect? Should I exclude him from consideration?
     
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  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    I would keep the nicest one and sell the cooler looking ones ( the cooler looking ones will be easier to sell anyway).[​IMG]
     
  3. Halion

    Halion Out Of The Brooder

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    When you decide to sell the drakes you aren't going to keep, can you PM me? I'm moving out onto a farm very very soon and I am looking for muscovies of either sex right now.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sure. I should be deciding soon. I know that they are reaching maturity and I don't want my lone girl molested. [​IMG]
     
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  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My concern though is this particular male carrying a defective gene. I know that some breeds like runners can have their tails going to the side, (sway tail?) and it is not advised to breed them. I don't plan on breeding to sell, though I may and I would not want to pass on a defective bird.
     
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  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Being i just had to get rid of drake because of it's aggressive nature, i'd go by personality especially since you said your not breeding to sell, personality would be my main priority.
     
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great call there.
     

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