Muscovy

Average User Rating:
4.44/5,
  • 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. LoveScovies
    5/5,
    "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.
    Purchase Price:
    2 for $5 ducklings
    Purchase Date:
    8/2016

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  2. biggbooboo
    5/5,
    "thanks for the info"
    love the ducks
  3. Little Farm Girl
    5/5,
    "Wonderful Watchdogs!"
    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.
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User Comments

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  1. Jack Speese
    I've had Muscovies in the past. In fact they were the first ducks I ever owned. They are quite practical, excellent natural setters and mothers (I think duck eggs are hard to incubate unless you have an incubator with an automatic turner). They regularly hatched a spring-summer clutch and a summer-fall clutch, although the spring-summer clutch was usually much bigger. Another nice attribute is that they are one of the quietest species of poultry. In principle they probably could feed themselves if you have pasture, maybe a stream or pond, at least in the summer. In practice, however, they are just as vulnerable to hawks and owls as any other poultry species smaller than an adult goose. With the hawk situation, geese and turkeys are the only species that I've ever been able to raise on pasture, and only when they were at least half-grown. A good fence keeps out 4-legged predators, but only a top of some kind will stop aerial attacks from hawks and owls. I never had Muscovies bother my chickens. They would occasionally mate with my Rouens and Blue Swedes and produce some interesting looking hybrids. The only aggression I ever observed was drake to drake. A dominant drake will sometimes unmercifully bully a subordinate drake, even to death. But they never seemed interested in mallard-type drakes. Because they are tree ducks, they have very sharp claws, something to note when catching them. And because they are large ducks and still capable of flight, they have not surprisingly very strong wings as well, another thing to watch out for when catching them. They do grow more slowly than mallard-type ducks, meaning they eat more too. But all and all an excellent species for a home livestock operation. I personally think that they are butt ugly, but that adds to their charm! But Muscovy ducklings are just as cute as any other ducklings.
    1. NorthernChick1
      Thanks for sharing your experience with Muscovies jack! I was wondering, at what age do they start to lay? I have two unsexed scovies that were born the same day as all my chickens (born june 1st) so im curious to know! Also it will be one way to know what they are as they are exactly the same size (feet bill and everything) so i cant say if they are either both male or female.
      NorthernChick1, Sep 17, 2018
    2. northernlivie
      I believe they take quite a bit longer to lay. They typically start at 6 months of age. Most other breeds begin at 4 months.
      northernlivie, Oct 9, 2018
  2. drkimba
    I purchased 3 about 2 months ago at that time they seemed fully grown and had their feathers. I'm really not sure of their age the lady said young but I had read they begin laying soon. Well nothing! What sort of place have you set up for them to lay? These three seem to spend all day and most of the night eating and swimming. I've seen the male start mating behavior but have not yet seen the girls even contemplate laying. What age did yours start?
  3. 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​
  4. Etoufee101
    Does anyone process Muscovy ducks leaving skin on them and ship them?
  5. 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
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  6. Sarahsadness
    They are so very smart he comes when I say come on baby r pretty bird
  7. 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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  8. 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.
    1. drkimba
      You brought up some great points! The fact that they are cute and run to me everyday when I go outside is an asset as well :). My problem is I now need to build another pen or add some fencing because the drake killed my only adult hen and attacked my rooster. I now have one set of 6 week chicks and another of 13 week chicks bantams I'm afraid to put in the pen with them. Even in an enclosed hut the male 1 and female 2 Muscovy eye them as potential treats.
      drkimba, Jul 24, 2018
  9. Table4Six
    I absolutely love this breed too.
  10. Ren2014
    LOVE my Scovies! I won't get any other kind of duck now.

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