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How long do Muscovy Ducks live?

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Hello all - did a quick search and can't find the answer on here.

 

The reason I ask is that when I went to let my girls out this morning, one of them was dead. She put herself to bed about an hour before sunset last night which is a little unusual so I just assumed she was getting herself ready to lay.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 7
Some muscovies can lie a long long long long time , first of all it probably die of poor sanitation they don't even like wing put up , they want to be outside all the time and when thy are confined in even a large space but with feces and no water for bathing they can die of salmonella or any other disease.

Muscovies can truthfully live as long as dogs if kept in good outdoor conditions and kept on a healthy diet
I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I know Miss Lydia has some in the 9yr mark. Sadly, ducks being prey animals hide symptoms very well. You may not know what happened, she may have been egg bound, could have been viral, infection etc...

 

Sorry for your loss. It's frustrating, but sometimes you cannot find the cause. Keep an eye on remaining ducks, perhaps thoroughly examine them just for any indicators..

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~ Firefly Farms home to

Ducks, Chickens, Miniature horses, Sheep & rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

 

"A few hard Truths, One: There are only 24hrs in a day. Two: Scientists still haven't perfected a way to clone yourself. Three: Your list of chores stretches halfway to the back field"

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post #4 of 7
Yeah Lydia would really be a reliable source, and yeah I agree about the egg bound part
I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
Reply
post #5 of 7
Don't know specifically about scovies....but wild mallards have lived over 20 years.

Clint
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Dotty, I was thinking.  Is there a university around there that could do a necropsy?  That's the way to know what happened.  How old was she?

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post #7 of 7
I have one male Donald. Hes at least 16yrs
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