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Eating muscovy ducks?

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I was just wondering if anyone has experience they would like to share about raising and eating muscovies? I have read in one place that they are great, very lean meat similar to veal and not greasy like the Pekins. But a friend of mine told me that the ones she has done were very dry and didn't taste all that thrilling. Does anyone have any experience here to share?

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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post #2 of 33
Best meat I have EVER tasted. Very good! Ours never turn out dry.
NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #3 of 33
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Thanks! How do you cook them, and do you skin or pluck them?
 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/130753/muscovy-keepers-share-your-pics

 

Here is a link to over 3,000 posts of Muscovies. Enjoy!! love.gif

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/640122/muscovy-meat

 

I just found this, thought you would like it!

post #6 of 33
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Thanks! I am looking forward to getting a couple of drakes now, LOL.
 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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post #7 of 33

Muscovy are delicious.  If they were dry, they were probably overcooked.  I processed my first drake at about 5 months old and the others about 2 months later.  None were dry or tasteless.  I plucked my first, by hand, what a nightmare.  I skinned the others, very quick, you lose the fat but my hubby has cholesterol problems so no biggie.

 

I cooked the breast like I would a thick filet.  Season with salt and pepper, sear on both sides then into the oven to finish.  I think (its been a while) I did 400 degrees for maybe 20 minutes.  You don't want a well done breast and I usually ended up somewhere between med-rare and medium.  The breast meat was huge, never weighed but probably 1-1.5 lbs per breast. 

 

I'm waiting for my birds to reproduce so I can put some in the freezer!  I do have a hen that decided to start setting at the beginning of the month so December ducklings for me.  fl.gif

DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

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DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

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post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by jdywntr View Post

Muscovy are delicious.  If they were dry, they were probably overcooked.  I processed my first drake at about 5 months old and the others about 2 months later.  None were dry or tasteless.  I plucked my first, by hand, what a nightmare.  I skinned the others, very quick, you lose the fat but my hubby has cholesterol problems so no biggie.

 

I cooked the breast like I would a thick filet.  Season with salt and pepper, sear on both sides then into the oven to finish.  I think (its been a while) I did 400 degrees for maybe 20 minutes.  You don't want a well done breast and I usually ended up somewhere between med-rare and medium.  The breast meat was huge, never weighed but probably 1-1.5 lbs per breast. 

 

I'm waiting for my birds to reproduce so I can put some in the freezer!  I do have a hen that decided to start setting at the beginning of the month so December ducklings for me.  fl.gif


Oh, that is interesting, I thought you were supposed to slow cook them to avoid them being tough/chewy? I am kicking myself now, there were several at the auction when I went on Monday, but the prices were going so high I didn't even bother raising my hand! The reason was that the dang meat guy was there bidding on everything... Not only did that irritate me because he drove all the prices up, but that guy is incredibly abusive to any animal he touches. I wind up with a headache from grinding my teeth every time I have to see it. he.gif

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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Originally Posted by jdywntr View Post

Muscovy are delicious.  If they were dry, they were probably overcooked.  I processed my first drake at about 5 months old and the others about 2 months later.  None were dry or tasteless.  I plucked my first, by hand, what a nightmare.  I skinned the others, very quick, you lose the fat but my hubby has cholesterol problems so no biggie.

I cooked the breast like I would a thick filet.  Season with salt and pepper, sear on both sides then into the oven to finish.  I think (its been a while) I did 400 degrees for maybe 20 minutes.  You don't want a well done breast and I usually ended up somewhere between med-rare and medium.  The breast meat was huge, never weighed but probably 1-1.5 lbs per breast. 

I'm waiting for my birds to reproduce so I can put some in the freezer!  I do have a hen that decided to start setting at the beginning of the month so December ducklings for me.  fl.gif


Oh, that is interesting, I thought you were supposed to slow cook them to avoid them being tough/chewy? I am kicking myself now, there were several at the auction when I went on Monday, but the prices were going so high I didn't even bother raising my hand! The reason was that the dang meat guy was there bidding on everything... Not only did that irritate me because he drove all the prices up, but that guy is incredibly abusive to any animal he touches. I wind up with a headache from grinding my teeth every time I have to see it. he.gif

How much were they going for?
NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #10 of 33
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They were going between $10-$15 per bird. I know that doesn't sound like that much, but if you have to buy several at once it adds up quick.
 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

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