Post by stillman on Aug 11, 2014 21:37:53 GMT -5
My Muscovys are about 7 weeks, I have four birds in total all purchased from one clutch. After reading a lot on sexing I am convinced I have 4 drakes or 3 ducks and a drake. Initially I was thinking size but now I am mainly looking at feathering and size of feet. # birds are feathering up nicely and one is not. So hopefully he is my only drake otherwise I will be doing some butchering.
Just love them I have kept jap quail and chickens in the past but the Muscovy's being so quiet and relatively slow moving are proving a fantastic addition. I have been doing heaps of research on green fodder for ducks. As I will be eating these birds my focus is a full and balanced pesticide free diet. So far they have taken to kale, sweet potato leaves and clover really well. My new project is in green fodder sprouts. Using Australian sweet lupin, wheat, barley and oats to spout, allowing the sprouts to grow for 9 days and feeding roots and all. There's a few websites dedicated to it. No fertiliser required just water and this can be reticulated in a flood and drain system or similar. At 7 to 9 days yield is 1:8 so for every 100g I can produce 800g green fodder. Even if I buy certified organic seed I am saving from commercial feed. I will also be feeding a grain blend to my birds and they will be free ranged to ensure a solid and diverse diet. But I am really excited by the prospect.
This is the one I think is a drake
the three I think are ducks but verdict is out. I amonly basing it on the fact that they are very well feathered compared to the other bird.
Another shot with the 3 I believe are ducks facing one way and the suspected drake facing the opposite direction.
Anyone with a good eye for sexing these birds please give me you opinion.