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  • Egg Color:
    Creamy White
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    The original, wild muscovy is predominately black and white. Domesticity has produced other colors,such as all white or black,chocolate, blue, lavender and more, and patterns such as barred.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Muscovies are the only domestic "ducks" that are not bred from the mallard. They are a wild South American species that has been domesticated. They are actually a "close cousin" to the duck. The muscovy being to the duck what a donkey is to a horse. Males are very large, and can weigh up to twelve pounds and females may reach eight pounds. They will lay 50-120 eggs a year.
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  • Breed Details:
    The Muscovy are considered by some to be ugly birds because of the large red "warty" caruncles around their eyes and beaks. And while you may consider them ugly, if you've ever spent time with a Muscovy you can't deny they are very intelligent birds, funny and full of personality. They are known as the "quackless" duck and hiss ( females making a quiet squealing sound) rather than quack, making them perfect for the small backyard keeper, whose neighbors might not welcome the loud quacking of other domestic breeds. While Muscovy can fly, they are more likely to just fly around than to fly off. They have big strong sharp claws for perching and will fly up to perch on all manner of things. The muscovy female lays in clutches and is an excellent mother. They multiply quickly — a drake and five ducks can hatch over a hundred offspring in one year. Not only do they make excellent pets, but the eggs are tasty and the meat is compared to a good cut of veal. Raising muscovy in the back yard flock is a joy that has to be experienced to be believed.







Recent User Reviews

  1. NDgoatgirlNV
    "My Favorite!"
    Pros - Quiet, good pest control, Girls are excellent mothers and amazing brooders. They form very strong bonds with their humans if raised with lots of attention and love.
    Cons - Best not to keep with drakes mallard derived ducks as the males will try to breed these smaller birds and can very easily injure and possibly accidentally kill them...
    Broody Muscovy girls are a force to be reckoned with! You have been warned
    These are by and far my most favorite breed of duck EVER! I have owned a small flock in the past and I currently own a one year old female and an approx. 5 month old male... I live smack in the middle of suburbia and my neighbors don't mind them at all because of how quiet they are... They are amazing at keeping pesky insects and creepy crawlies under control. Momma muscovies are absolutely amazing mothers and will defend their nests and their babies with their life if needs be... My flipper kids love human interaction and will seek out people to hang out with if they manage to get out of our yard (it's only happened twice and the neighbors didn't want to bring them back because of how sweet my birds are)

    I have owned Cayuga, Rouen, Pekin, Swedish and Indian Runners in the past and Muscovies are by far the best breed I have ever raised... They are more than ducks...they're family!
  2. Mountainbeauty
  3. ducky213
    "Best ducks ever!"
    Pros - Aren't as messy as mallard derived ducks, hardy, comical, GREAT mother's, lay several clutches a year, very prolific.
    They are quiet, come in many colors and patterns, eat lots of insects, their meat and eggs taste great.
    They are rather fearless.
    Cons - Talons... and they know how to use them.
    Honestly I cannot say enough about these wonderful yard puppies. They are super cute when they are wagging their tails and the ducks make the cutest trill sound and drakes hissing laughing sould.. unless pissed.
    Won't find a better breed of waterfowl..
    FarmerGirl101 and NDgoatgirlNV like this.

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  1. scottishpet
    A Duck Breed I am interested in...but know nothing about ducks really. Can you house them over winter with the chickens? Or is it better if they have their own space?
    1. FarmerGirl101
      I would say that they have their own space as mine hated my chickens even tho we bought them together so their own space is better
      FarmerGirl101, Feb 6, 2018
  2. Sarahsadness
    They are so very smart he comes when I say come on baby r pretty bird
  3. Sarahsadness
    I have a male that has just grown that bump on bill and he was so sweet and now he's so violent I can't keep him I have five other ducks but they are mallards and are so much smaller he hurts them and my kids see it was my kids that found him when he was so little in our city in middle of road we asked everyone if they knew of the baby they all said no I feel so bad because he is so mean I know it's because he thinks he is in composition with us for mates but he is crazy should I have him put down I think not he don't have anyone duck like him he's solo in the pin I need help. AND yes more like a Goose then a duck
  4. Hokum Coco
    I had Muscovies at one time you brought up some excellent points. One point you neglected to mention is they are also death on slugs, mosquitoes and insects pests.
    Through the spring and summer months they can free range and meet most of their dietary needs. Their eggs are also larger and superior in quality to chicken eggs.
  5. Table4Six
    I absolutely love this breed too.
  6. Ren2014
    LOVE my Scovies! I won't get any other kind of duck now.
  7. cassie
    Free ranging Muscovys are the best bug catchers and foragers I have ever seen. Little ducklings, not over a few days old will catch right flies out of the air. Ticks, grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, and other creepy crawlers don't stand a chance. I don't have any muscovy ducks right now but my neighbor does and they are a sight to behold.
  8. hellbender
    I don't think they are mad nor do I think they are really ducks but somewhat more goose. The Muscovy is the only water fowl we would own.

  9. awarmrainyday
    I have chickens and muscovies together and they don't much bother with each other at all. Although I have one RIR hen who flies up and kicks the drakes in the head when they pin a female muscovy down to mate who is trying to get away.
  10. Tomtommom
    My muscovy ended up sleeping on the roof of my home! Needless to say, I clipped their left wing. They can still fly some, but they don't have the accuracy and lift to get up high.

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