Muscovy Ducks originated in Brazil and were domesticated in Europe.
White Muscovy Ducks are best suited for meat production and make up 90% of commercial production of duck meat. Breeding stock from France has been genetically improved to produce birds that are 50% larger than other Muscovies.
The males can weigh 12 pounds in 12 weeks. The meat is less greasy and with a lower fat content than other ducks. They are known to have a sense of humor, are intelligent, and love to fly.
French White Muscovy ducks
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Duck Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Meat
Broodiness: High, good mothers
Climate Tolerance: All
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Typically Seasonal Layers, however the French seem to lay longer
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White
Breed Temperament: Calm, silly ducks who are highly intelligent.
Breed Colors / Varieties: French White
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Recent User Reviews
"My favorite garden bird"
Pros - Grow very fast - maybe as fast as cornish-x chickens
Amazing meat and eggs
Do not destroy garden
Somewhat broody (which is good, IMO)
Cons - None, compared to other ducks.
More difficult to pluck than chickens, but not more than other ducks.
Clip flight feathers annually if you don't want them to fly. It doesn't hurt them at all.
Provide water. small 3' pond liner from HD works great.
I have had probably 20 types of chickens and 4 types of duck and like all of them for their characteristics but the muscovy stands above. Great temperament, meat, eggs, nearly silent, selectively broody... Perfect unless you have some very specific commercial purposes. If you are in central Colorado and want to swap for genetics just let me know.
"Great Pets if you get them young"
Pros - Very friendly
Cons - They have Big Claws
These make great pets if you get them young. They love water and playing with the water hose. They like to follow you around but if you try to make them do something they don't want to they know how to use their claws!
"Very good birds"
Pros - They take care of themselves and get along well with other breeds.
Cons - You need to get them as babies if you want a loveable bird. They do tend to run from you and will beat you with their wings.
I had two white Muscovy's and they were wonderful birds that got along well with my other birds. We had a problem with our neighbors small dogs getting into our run and chasing our birds but the night we got our Muscovy's the dogs got into the run and when we went out to chase the dogs away they were already running home bc our ducks had kicked their butts!