Muscovy

Average User Rating:
4.46154/5,
  1. NorthernChick1
    5/5,
    "Great family/hubby farm pet,"
    Pros - Quiet, EXTREMELY DOCILE, great temperament, cold hardy (to a point), friendly, fun to watch, do not require as much water as a mallard descendant duck would. Get along with every type of bird I've owned.
    Cons - To docile to a point they do not defend themselves at all, still a duck so messy, gets water everywhere (which causes issues in winter)
    The muscovy has been my first duck breed to ever own. I started hobby farming in june of last year. I have many different breeds of chickens and 2 muscovies and i can say with ease that the muscovies are my absolute favorite. I cant say i will never get another type of duck, but i will always have a few muscovies around. such docile and friendly birds! They dont find the need to be in water 24/7 like other ducks.
    Purchase Price:
    20$ canadian
  2. 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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  3. biggbooboo
    5/5,
    "thanks for the info"
    love the ducks
  4. 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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  5. bobhoke
    5/5,
    "Quiet Enjoyable Ducks"
    Pros - The are not a loud goose, as fast nor nasty as a chicken and self sufficient. Big eggs.
    Cons - Flying and trimming wings. Injure legs easily - be careful.
    I'm sharing my review because IMO this is the best bird for the farm out there. Smaller than a goose, but bigger (males) than a chicken. They are silent. They keep the grass short and bug population down so they don't need a lot of feed. They will be the primary bird on the farm next year. They also provide a another meat variety to the chicken, pork, goose, rabbit, turkey and moo.

    I'm not looking forward to the next waxing, but its better than a gander and it's gaggle screaming all day long. If you buy geese buy a female, or keep them far from the house if you nap.

    The only downfall I see is that they can really fly well, but thats nothing trimming won't resolve. They have claws but I've never been clawed.
    Overall:
    1
    Purchase Price:
    $5
    Purchase Date:
    July 2018
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  6. Kessel23
    5/5,
    "Awesome birds"
    Pros - Silent, friendly, nice to chickens, hardy, good broodies, good tasting eggs, great free rangers, not as messy as mallard derived, and good for meat.
    Cons - Low egg production, hens sometimes set up clutches outside of the coop if they are aloud to free range.
    Great birds, they do well in my climate and the only main con for me is low egg production. A great hen will produce 90 eggs a year here. Also, pay attention to where the hens have decided to lay their eggs, you don't want them to go broody out in the woods and then get killed by a predator. Another possible con is they are flighty and hard to handle if they are not tamed. Also, don't let a chicken mother a single duckling, I let a silkie mother one Muscovy duckling and 1 year later he thinks he is a chicken and tries to breed with the chickens, fight with the roosters, and he pays no attention to the Muscovy hens or drakes.
    Purchase Price:
    $15-$30 for an adult
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  7. 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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  8. 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+
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  9. 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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  10. Mountainbeauty
    5/5,
    "Amazin Breed"

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