Muscovy

Breed Rating (11 Reviews)

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History

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.

Behaviour

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.

Varieties

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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Latest Reviews For Muscovy (5 of 11)

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easy pet. - Joy, Oxfordshire,

The Muscovy is easy and friendly. They eat all pests and so do not bring the fly problem other pets can bring. They eat veg and so are not good for living in a veg patch, but great on grass. It would be possible to let them into a fenced veg patch to eat slugs, or let them reach through a fence. They do not like most herbs and so are perfect for a herb garden. They are friendly and will come in a cat door if they think of the house as a food source. Female muscovies are very gentle. Males can be tame, but can get beaky, although they are gentler than geese and cocks. They get along with guinea pigs and rabbits and chickens, cats and dogs. The eggs are excellent, the meat from a muscovy is excellent. Kept just as pets they can be a delightful friend, pulling up worms as you dig, taking peas from your hand, but fully hardy. My muscovies shelter in a plastic rain barrel on its side fixed to a stump, with a holes cut in the lid. They need water to wash in freshened twice a week. I have a tub that collects rain water and overflows into my hydrangeas, so I only occaisionly dump out the water and add fresh. I supplement them with wheat under water in winter and growers pellets when young. They love to dabble for defrosted frozen spinach in water. They will denude your pond of all oxygenating plants and frogs and other life unless your pond is very large. I transfer pond weed into their water to make up for having a cover on my garden pond. Altogether a much easier than the runner ducks I used to have. A great pet with the bonus of being very very quiet.


The best ducks ever - Debbie, Essex,

Muscovy ducks are incredible! I've kept many breeds of ducks over the last 30 odd years and avoided Muscovies because I thought the mass of red caruncles made them look ugly (oh how wrong I was) to cut a long story short I gave up keeping ducks two years ago because my husband couldn't stand the muddy mess they made of any wet area of garden! Now back to Muscovies - I discovered that they were not as messy as other ducks and talked my husband into letting me get some. Their looks grew on me and I now think that they are beautiful and best of all I get to keep ducks with no muddy quagmire because to my absolute delight I found that they do not dabble their beaks in mud no matter how wet the weather and even better they are so very friendly and follow me around like little puppy dogs with their tails wagging like crazy. Beware a broody duck though - she will guard her eggs to the very death - I tried to move a broody Muscovy and ended up with her hanging from my sleeve by her beak. That taught me not to interfere with nature. Leave broody girls in peace and they are happy! All in all Muscovies for me are truly delightful pets and I would recommend them as garden ducks to anyone who loves ducks but hates the mess they make!


Great birds - Steven,

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,

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,

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.

Breeder Clubs for Muscovy

British Waterfowl Association

Email: info@waterfowl.org.uk

Website: www.waterfowl.org.uk

Telephone: 01892 740212

Domestic Waterfowl Club

Email: hatcher579@btinternet.com

Website: www.domestic-waterfowl.co.uk/

Telephone: 01488 638014


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