what on earth am i?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by spish, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    i originally posted this in the duck section, thinking it was a duck..but now it seems it could be a goose or even a young swan?????? im still convinced duck but am looking for some more opinions...

    does anyone know what this is? heres a copy of my post from the duck section so u dont have to scurry over and read it there....

    "its minus 20 here at the moment and winter has long begun, yet some crazy duck decided to get broody and hatch herself out some chicks on the othersid of town.
    long story short this little guy turned up yesterday in someones garage...the residents kept an eye out for a 'mum' or siblings but nothing was seen. ducky was still in there this morning so they brought it round to me.
    i first thought it was just a usual run of the mill lost mallard duckling, but something tells me it isnt. its beak is huge with 2 'bumps' on the end, it has really long legs and doesnt squeak like my last lot of mallards duckling did constantly. it is just starting to get some feathers in (see last photo)

    any ideas what it could be and a rough estimate on age? i thought maybe a cross between a scovy and something?







    original thread here...https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=427544
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Looks like a duck to me, not sure what kind though.
  3. BlacksheepCardigans

    BlacksheepCardigans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2010
    Southeast NH
    I've been looking at all my birding books... there are a TON of wild ducks and geese in Belgium. I think he may be a scoter or a scaup or a shoveler. All of them have big-billed ducklings. I am not sure how wild birds change leg color as they mature, so I can't go by that.
  4. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    i unfortunatly dont know much about belgiums wild birds as ive only lived here a few years (am originally from england) but ive never seen one with two big 'bumps' on the beak? or with such chunky, yet long legs?
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  5. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    i think this will be one of those i have to wait and see times! [​IMG]
  6. animalloverabh

    animalloverabh Allons-y, Alonso

    hmm, it looks like a mallard cross tree duck? thats just a guess though... but he sure is cute!
  7. pinkyglory123

    pinkyglory123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2010
    looks like a female mallard. (?)
  8. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Mecca, CA
    My Coop
    Rouen looks like a female.
  9. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Gosh he/she is SO CUTE. But I have no clue what type it is... [​IMG]
  10. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2010
    Are you sure that isn't a muscovey duck? Could it be a muscovey cross? You know if it is a muscovey cross that it will be like a mule and in all likelihood never reproduce? Just asking.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010

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