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 Post subject: Muscovy Sex
PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:07 pm 
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I can't believe how quick ducks grow compared to chickens!

Any help on sexing these 4?


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 Post subject: Re: Muscovy Sex
PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:41 pm 
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Muscovies go thru a stage where I find them really hard to sex. Before they feather up properly the males are easily identified by their slower wing feathering. Then they all start to look much the same - the males are generally bigger. The next clue is when their nose knob becomes more developed on the males and their head feathers rise when startled. The other clue is their vocals, the ducks 'quack' (sort of) and the males hiss and huff.
My guess is that the two with black caps are males. They look to have longer, chunkier bodies.

They do grow so fast cf with chicks and they look like little ducks from the start, chicks do not resemble little 'chooks'


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 Post subject: Re: Muscovy Sex
PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:32 pm 
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I would say the ones with black feathers are boys, the little one on the left in the first pic looks like a duck...not sure about the other all white one at this stage

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 Post subject: Re: Muscovy Sex
PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:26 am 
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Thanks Sue! I knew you'd be first to reply haha.

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