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Muscovey duck flies away after one month

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We had a Muscovey duck for about a month, full grown, she arrived with clipped wings. We also had in the same area 5 chickens (that we had only arrived a week before her) and a horse that is great with all animals. The chickens are shut in at night but the duck prefferred to sleep in the feed shelter in her own small house, not shut in. She recently began to spread her wings out and attempt small flights, they were small, just a few meters When a storm arrived about a week ago, she began to sleep on the stable roof which is sheltered by a huge parasol pine tree. The first night I got her down and she went to bed. Eventually I decided she must feel happy and safe up there so I left her. On the fourth night she disappeared. I am not sure if she dropped down the wrong side of the fence and has flown away or if something has taken her. I doubted that she would as of yet have the ability to fly that far and had thought she was quite happy with us. I have asked all neighbours and no one has seen anything. There were also no signs of a sturggl or feathers implying she was taken. One of my neighbours told me female Muscoveys can fly very well. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a chance she may come back?

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Sorry. There's very little chance she will come back. You must clip a Muscovy's wings every year (the wings grow back in the annual molt) so they will not fly away. You also have to put them in a pen or coop for the night for their safety. I know they don't want to, but they don't know that they could be attacked during the night, and they don't know that flying away could lead to their death. I learned my lesson when one of my ducks, Snowy, flew away and never came back. After that, I made sure to clip all my Muscovies.

 

She might have been lonely. Ducks do not bond with chickens, so you need at least two for them to be happy. I think that might have been why she flew away. If she'd had another duck, she might have stayed regardless of her flight capabilities.

My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

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My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

My Instagram: www.instagram.com/backyardjungle04/

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I'm so sorry she is gone, it's really difficult to say exactly what might have happened to her but I would hope she flew away rather than a predator getting her. Ducks are predators favorite prey so if we don't pen them up at night, we sadly will loose them. However this gal just might have found her some companions, ducks get very lonely by themselves, and need other Ducks around them, no matter how much we love them and care for them it's never enough when they are lonely. Since you never found a body or feathers array, stay hopeful, maybe she just might surprise you and grace you again with her sweet Scovie presence:)
Muscovie females are superb flyers.
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Thank you both for your interest. Still feel very sad ad responsible but we have decided to have another go and get 2 female Muscovies and lock them up at night.they usually arrive with their wings clipped but how would I know when to clip again? Would that be when I see them begining to fly? Or is it just a once a year thing after the autumn moult?

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That sounds good. You only have to clip once a year after the molt.

My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

My Instagram: www.instagram.com/backyardjungle04/

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My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

My Instagram: www.instagram.com/backyardjungle04/

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