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A guide to keeping Muscovy ducks
There are some breeds everyone is familiar with (Orpingtons, Silkies, Barred Rocks) and some breeds that just don't get a lot of air time. Some of these breeds have become rare and are in danger of disappearing without some attention from people willing to help maintain the breed. Hopefully, if more people are introduced to them, some more people will give these chickens the attention they need.
Please, if getting a rare breed with an eye toward breeding, start with a quality breeder...
This is a hot button topic for a lot of people, so I'm not looking to give advice. I'm looking to make people aware of something that's a reality in chicken keeping.
A lot of keepers start with the image of their chickens peacefully ranging through the yard, picking at unseen bugs on a carpet of green with a beautiful garden bobbing gently in the breeze behind them. And then they actually get the chickens and let them loose in their yard. The image starts to change rapidly.
Let's face it, chickens can be downright destructive. They scratch, peck, and eat. It's what they do. They can demolish a bed of greens in a day, leaving little behind. I learned...