sheri perrins wrote:how and when will I know what sex it is?
Leigh I was contemplating the picture and thinking, "That looks a lot like a Muscovy", but they aren't wild here, so I thought there must be a wild duck whose young look similar.
Leigh Tate wrote:Sheri, first of all, welcome to Permies!
I'm not a duck expert, but it looks like you have a young Muscovy. That's the only kind of ducks I've had, and the size, head, face, and bill on yours strongly favor Muscovy. Hopefully, someone with more experience can either confirm or correct.
sheri perrins wrote:
And what sex? Boy ducks need a female, I take it, because they want sex a lot?
Yes, Muscovy also have corkscrew penises, but not really long ones. If I were to put a male Muscovy in with chickens, I'd make sure the chicken perch was good and high, as male Muscovy are too heavy to seriously fly - they can glide, and they can occasionally get up about 2 1/2 feet, but if they can't "climb" up, the chickens can evade them by going vertically.
I'm not sure if this applies to muscovies, as their anatomy might be different. But mallard drakes have giant, telescoping, corkscrew penises that can seriously damage a chicken.