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The Muscovy was originally a wild bird from Central / South America and it is the only domesticated duck that is not derived from the Mallard. Muscovy\'s are non-migratory birds and like to roost in trees at night. The Muscovy was one of the first ducks to be domesticated but didn\'t come to the UK or North America until the Twentieth Century. It is thought that the Muscovy got its name from Muscovite Company which traded the ducks during the 1500s.


They are generally gentle birds unless the female is sitting or has a young brood. Muscovy drakes don\'t quack, but instead product a low hiss. The females only make a short, weak quack and this is what makes them the quietest of all the ducks. They can fly well and are good escape artists so they will need to be wing-clipped. They do not swim as much as other breeds because their oil glands are under developed. This means that they do not require a large source of water. The drakes can be quite large weighing 4.5 - 5.5 kg while the females weigh 2-3 kg. They also occasionally like eating some vermin and should not be kept with guinea pigs or rabbits.


There are a wide range of colours, White, Blue, Black and Chocolate are recognized colours but you can find a wide range of other colours.

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           Great birds

- Steven, 20 October 2014

I purchased a male and female at the Romsey show to my surprise as I wasn't planning on getting my ducks for another few months. My wife chose the birds (she didn't want them) and for 3 weeks they lived in half summerhouse, they always found a route into the other half so lots of cleaning lol. I have two kids ages 3 and 5, they love the ducks because they are so friendly and will eat from their hands. They are now living in my veg patch (had to build a spacious home for them on stilts) a deep pond that they can be found in most of time when they aren't rummaging through the rest of the garden. I have clipped their feathers for this year and that was an experience lol critical not to cut blood feathers. So after my long description, in a few points they are quiet, happy, friendly, easy to care for and even my wife now loves them bc they are such great birds.

           New Ducklings

- Paddy, 20 July 2014

I recently bought some Muscovy eggs on line. I had been looking for ages to buy some ducklings, but they seem to be quite hard to come by. I did find one local breeder in Kent, who was out of stock. If they did have any, they would have charged £50.00 each!. So when my eggs (for £9.00) arrived, I let them rest for 2 days, and put them in a small incubator. In the last 10 days, I placed them under a broody hen, which meant she was happy, and the eggs stood a better chance of hatching. Only 2 hatched. One lilac drake, and one pied female. They are 6 weeks old now, very tame, and are a delight to have around. They are as big as my chickens at the moment, and already, they take no nonsense from them. As they are not related, I am hoping to breed from them in the future. More eggs, means more cooking, and baking.

           I love them!

- Ann, 13 July 2014

They're not the greatest layers or lookers, but somehow they're so sweet with their little attempts at quacks, and funny waddling. And they have minds of their own. I don't have to clip wings, they can fly, but if they're happy they don't fly away. So it's better if you don't clip and then they can fly away from the fox if they have to. Plus they like roosting on fences etc. But don't listen to people who say they don't need as much water as other ducks- mine bathe far more than the others (Campbells, Runners and Cherry Valleys), and really love if it's deep enough to get right under. My biggest problem is keeping them out of the horses' water trough, and topping up the sandpits- males have big, sharp claws, so I don't think a paddling pool would last long. They are excellent broodies, but so far my eggs haven't hatched and even after 6 weeks, it's had work getting the eggs away- they don't give up! I must brave it sooner and candle the eggs early on. Their bite doesn't hurt that much.


- Glenna, 15 October 2011

My ducks were fine through the harsh winter, they sheltered under shrubs in the garden and took refuge in the porch at night. They free-range over the paddock and the field next door, never fly away even though they could, make no noise, are great with my small grandchildren and get on with the sheep, the pony, the hens and the dogs. They are the nicest ducks and very easy to keep. They are very tasty too, although don't bother plucking them, just use the breast as there is not much on the legs and wings and my friend the gamekeepers wife said she had never plucked anything so problematic. I can never find the eggs as they go off and lay in old tree stumps 2 or 3 fields away and come back pleased as punch with between 10 and 16 ducklings

           They really don't enjoy harsh Winters and can be vulnerable to cold

- Claire, 09 May 2011

Muscovies have masses of personality and are a hundred times smarter than chickens. Although mine have never been aggressive, I would think twice about allowing small children to handle them: the males can be very strong and I have dislocated a thumb trying to catch one. Mine lay almost daily during the Spring and Summer but begin later in the season than other fowl. They are pretty miserable in the snow and have not enjoyed recent Winters. I've never allowed them free range of the whole garden (too many foxes) but, having seen them strip their sizeable run of vegetation, I am not convinced that's a good idea anyway despite the snail cull.


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Tel: 01892 740212

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