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Muscovy

Average User Rating:
4.28205/5,
  • 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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nyla
    5/5,
    "Amazing Ducks!"
    Pros - Very Social, Very Quiet, Acts like a dog, great brooder's and mama's
    Cons - Poop is smelly, they have sharp claws, great flyers, Seasonal Layers
    Overall Muscovy ducks are worth the while. They are very compassionate, and friendly. They wag their tails like dogs and great you every time they see you. They hiss not quack. Perfect duck for the city! They have very sharp claws and love to perch. Once you gain your Muscovy's trust the bond is very strong. They are great hatchers and mama's! I highly recommend them!
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2017-03-07
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  2. rachelsflock
    4/5,
    "Goose Duck!"
    Pros - Reproduce well, gentle, quiet, grow fast, great foragers, highly intelligent, culls taste of beef, big eggs, duck parties!, independent minded, calm
    Cons - Seasonal layers, must be pinioned as babies to be kept in fence, hard to pluck if butchered after 16 weeks, ladies MUST sit, claws
    I absolutely love my muscovy flock. I don't know if all lines are like this, but my line is totally child safe, they reproduce like crazy and try to get in three 20+ egg clutches every year with a great hatch rate, my favorite drake even cares for his own ducklings and leads them around the yard and sits on them (until they are old enough to realize he can be dominated, unfortunately, and then he's relieved when the males are gone), they're quiet, so friendly (except for nesting mamas-watch out!), they love foraging, they look you right in the eye and talk and dance to you, and when you finally do have to correct the male/female ratio to preserve peace and safety the meat is the best thing ever. But that's the bad part. For most of the year the best males are like puppy dogs and the girls are a riot-a little less friendly if they remember you as the egg stealer, but still party animals in their own right. The ladies honk when upset, trill when they're happy, and the drakes just HUFF and hiss. So funny. They're also amazing foragers and will empty your yard of snakes and other *surprises* for better or for worse (we had a lot of snakes, aka duck spaghetti).

    As far as cons go, they are definitely seasonal eggers. Mine start laying as soon as it starts staying above freezing, then stop when freezing sets in again-not counting the times on nests, of course, but they eat so little feed while nesting I really don't mind.
    They can FLY like eagles, and I'm talking over your house, not just over the fence, and they LIKE it, so you either have to pinion in the first week (not hard or traumatic surprisingly), or watch carefully for molts and do your yearly duck rodeo to make sure your birds don't get lost or hit by cars if that's the kind of area you live in. I've discovered it's a lot harder to ride your drakes and clip those huge wings while they try scratch you off with all they've got-and they're pretty big and strong. And heads up, pinioned birds can still fly about four or five feet high, but like I said, you won't see them winging it to the next county, just the occasional escape from the pen.
    The feathers when processing do not want to come out if you do them too late. Scalding and duck wax will become mandatory if you procrastinate like I did this year (shame on me, but I think most people can understand).
    Those girls are wired to make clutches, feather their nests, and SIT...for 38 days. As soon as the spring season starts they become single minded, but even that's not terrible as long as you can handle it. And the worst mine do is pinch when you go under them. Just watch out for that nasty, cement colored broody poo. Never upset a sitting muscovy hen or she may foul her nest and you.
    The worst part is their massive claws. They are flying, perching ducks. Their talons are sized accordingly. They WILL try to scratch their way out of trouble, and if you don't know what you're doing, wear a big thick coat and gloves for the first year whenever you have to handle them because they WILL scratch you deep, and it WILL get infected. I'm to the point now I don't usually get scratched unless I do something stupid (hey, female ducks don't like to be absent mindedly patted on their fluffy underpuffs like a football-totally my fault), so I usually don't anymore, but DANG those claws. Babies have sharp little scratchers too. Luckily once they get big, at least if you've clipped their wings or have them pinioned, you really don't have to handle them often. All you have to do is herd them and it's all great.

    All in all they are great birds. I love them, and I hope to never be without them again (unless, of course I couldn't let them reproduce, then that wouldn't be fair to the girls who become hatch machines every spring, but re-become themselves each winter).
    Overall:
    4
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  3. Mudbillkisses
    5/5,
    "Calm, curious, trainable and physically hardy"
    Pros - Great mothering instincts, excellent foragers, calm and friendly demeanor, and temperature hardy
    Cons - Males are very hormonal and territorial and require a larger female ratio
    Our muscovys were hand raised from a day old and were the most calm and affectionate of all the breeds we've raised. During their adolescence they can be quite elusive and a little jumpy, however, I have found them to mellow very much as they mature. Ours love to be patted, follow closely and are the most trainable of all breeds. Muscovys are the only duck breed I've come across that will let you pet them like a dog (except while broody). They are extremely good foragers and very quiet- though they still express themselves with eager heavy breathing/panting/hissing noises or song-like calls. Very good pets and adaptable with other animals, however, can be quite sassy and domineering in a mixed flock (with other breeds).
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Sarahsadness
    They are so very smart he comes when I say come on baby r pretty bird
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Table4Six
    I absolutely love this breed too.
  5. Ren2014
    LOVE my Scovies! I won't get any other kind of duck now.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

    Jason
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. MsPoultry

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