Muscovy

Average User Rating:
4.37778/5,
  • 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. Megan14be
    5/5,
    "Muscovy are the greatest!"
    Pros - They are sweet, quiet and friendly and keep the bug population way down!
    Cons - They get broody
    Our girls are very kind - love eating out of your hand. They are gentle and come when called! A very quiet breed. They are great eaters! They will snatch bugs right out of the air. They devour the tadpoles and I have seen them swallow a frog whole! We have had a great experience with them and are hoping to find more!
    Purchase Price:
    Freecycle
    Purchase Date:
    6/1/2017

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  2. Quacking Pigeon
    5/5,
    "Muscovies are the best ducks"
    Pros - Great mothers, lay a lot of eggs, great meat birds, good show birds
    Cons - White muscovies are hard to keep clean, can fly
    I have kept muscovies for a year or two now, and they have been the most productive duck I have ever had. I keep white, French white and black. The Muscovy is a great dual purpose bird. The females go broody very easy and make great mothers. If you plan on showing muscovies, black is the better colour as they don't get as messy as the whites.
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    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    AU $15-$70+
  3. NDgoatgirlNV
    5/5,
    "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!
    Overall:
    5

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  1. 336White Phoenix
    I've a muscovy Drake and I waighd him he can in at 9 pounds 20 ounce and I've seen him with fox fur in his claws the others day and all I good think about is what a legand he his this tiny wee animale taking on probably a big hugery fox and have no feathers out of place better than any guard dog I've ever had lol​
  2. Etoufee101
    Does anyone process Muscovy ducks leaving skin on them and ship them?
  3. 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?
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    2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      I agree with Farmer Girl.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Mar 23, 2018
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    3. Kabootar
      Well it will be better for your chickens to keep them separate from any kind of ducks as they are messy. Ducks will spill the water, spoil the food and they may become aggressive with your chickens especially the drakes. I have even seen a Drake trying to rape a hen.
      Kabootar, Apr 14, 2018
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    4. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      I always want to be polite and to show respect to people and animals. But Muscovy Ducks are very territorial animals and the drakes use to [email protected]@@ other female birds.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Apr 16, 2018
  4. Sarahsadness
    They are so very smart he comes when I say come on baby r pretty bird
  5. 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
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  6. 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.
  7. Table4Six
    I absolutely love this breed too.
  8. Ren2014
    LOVE my Scovies! I won't get any other kind of duck now.
  9. 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.
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  10. 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
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