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Is it a girl or a boy.... I’m pretty sure it’s a girl... but just want clarity on it.... “she’s” 5 weeks old
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Does she quack?  Or does he give a lame, raspy squeak?
 
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I think that's a girl though it's easier to tell in a group.
 
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Michael Fundaro wrote:Does she quack?  Or does he give a lame, raspy squeak?



This! Unless the duck is a breed or cross where the color/markings are different for male vs female, the only way I've ever been able to tell is by the sound. Pick it up and if it makes a big "UTT!" sound, then it's a girl. If it doesn't make a big sound, it's probably a boy. Some ducks are harder to discern between than others, and it's easier if you have a few to compare the sounds of. But, if it makes a good "UTT!" sound, then you can be pretty sure it's a girl.


EDIT: Wait, is the duck a muscovy? I just noticed the duck in the background was a muscovy, and I know nothing about IDing them! They're very different from the mallards that I have.
 
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I think it is a girl. In another week or two a drakes tail feathers will show a curl where a female is smoother.
 
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Michael Fundaro wrote:Does she quack?  Or does he give a lame, raspy squeak?

This is a Muscovy duck, so the "quack" system definitely doesn't work. There's a reason I call all my Mallard domesticated birds "Noisy Ducks". It is ABSOLUTELY the quickest way to tell Noisy Ducks from Drakes. If I've got a gaggle of them though, I'm standing there in the field trying to see who's doing the quacking and who isn't. It's as if they *know* what I'm trying to do!

For Muscovy, one indication is the size of the feet. Girl feet will be smaller in proportion to the body than boy feet. I would guess the picture is a girl, but I wouldn't guarantee it when there's only one and it's only 5 weeks. The problem is that there's a fair bit of genetic variability - white Muscovy that have "French White" genes in them tend to be more delicate than some of the other white breeds for example, but I've even had two sisters in the past where one was rounder and the other narrower and longer.
 
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