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.
- 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
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 Â 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
"Great backyard birds"
Pros - Quiet, friendly, great mothers, low maintenance
Cons - Broody mamas can be Great
We have had a pair of Muscovies for a little over two years and they have been a great addition to our family. They eat a lot of bugs and worms from the yard, greet us when we go outside. We have a heated enclosure for them in the winter and our female lays all year round, 25-30 in a clutch. Variety of colors and all gorgeous.
Pros - They are very friendly, highly intelligent, and do not quake.
They also are wonderful mothers!
We love our 9 Muscovies, they are so sweet, smart, and personable and come to our front door and windows to let know they're ready for their snacks! They also let us know when we have company.biggbooboo likes this.