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Old Jul 21, 2009, 5:59 PM   #1
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another duc has adopted us..
after our male muscovy died we've been looking for a male to no avail.. we picked up another
today but i can't class it as a male or female..
what doo you think??
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 6:00 PM   #2
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oh these are really bad shots but even with HR a 420mm is tough for me to handhold
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First you find a female, then? They will eventually let you know.
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Old Jul 22, 2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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OE,
the brown i know is a female unless the males lay eggs
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Hmmmm.... forget curles on the tail as Muscovies drakes dont have those! A muscovie male is usually much bigger than the female though of course if he is young.....?. Muscovie drakes hiss and may make honks and purring sounds, the ducks are more likely to make little peeps or cluck sounds.

However, your black and white seems to have a red knob on its bill? (Bit hard to see in the picture). That makes me think it is a drake plus of course the fact that it appears to enjoy hanging out with the egg laying one.

Can you catch them? The duck if she is laying will have soft flexible bones in the region of the 'egg portal', the drake will be less flexible in that area. He will also likely put up more of a struggle when you are doing these investigations!

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Old Jul 23, 2009, 5:45 AM   #6
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thanks all.

the new one b&w will let me pet it and i can hold it's head.. i will not try and pick it up this soon..
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