French White Muscovy ducks

Pros: Grow very fast - maybe as fast as cornish-x chickens
Very friendly
Amazing meat and eggs
Visually attractive
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.
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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!
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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!
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Pros: Big breasted
Cons: Ugly? No, beautiful. Has claws!!!
This is where the meat is. Eating is believing and easily erased all doubts. They have large blue eyes and pink beaks. Nice barnyard cream color. They do need duck starter, Turkey grower or game feed. I tried mine on chick starter but they would not touch it. They have lots of character. My Muscovies hiss as they protect the eggs in the morning! Fortunately only bluster though. When handling, beware of claws!

The cooked Drake was loaded with Breast meat. Its closest competitor, the Jumbo Pekin, was not as flavorful and very skimpy in the breast by comparison, it was also greasier. Jumbo Pekins however are faster growers and only the Drake of Muscovy is larger. I compared the Muscovy to my Christmas Rib Roast, and I could not tell the difference!
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Pros: fun
my girls are wonderful, should start laying any time now and they are very people friendly. they talk non-stop when given the chance.
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