Salutations! I'm a Muscovy steward/keeper/owner/dad from the PNW, Washington to be exact! This is my first ever post on BYC, however when i was younger (ages 10-16) my mom frequented this site when my family first got into poultry. I've raised bantam chickens, muscovies, standard size chickens, indian runners and currently i keep a flock of 8 muscovies. 4 of the are chocolates, and i just picked up 4 new ones yesterday. All are approx. 5 months old. So far, I'm quite sure I have at least one drake, perhaps two. the 4 new ones i picked up yesterday are white with a little black crest on one, and the others are that real nice black-teal with spots of white and slight gold lacing on their breasts. I'm unfamiliar with all 'types' of muscovies, i've seen 'celtic' and 'french white' and of course i know chocolate...id love a link to a list of the types! I live on about 8 acres and they reside in a fenced in pen which i let the out of to roam and forage during most days. they have access to a 40ft pond thats about 2-3 feet deep, plenty of buggies and i keep duck food and an in-ground koi pond for them in their pen, along with a hutch. all have been healthy, i purchased my 1st four at about a month old, and the 4 i scored yesterday are perhaps slightly older than the ones i already had. I figured i'd start posting on here, to keep the community updated with my birds and as an outlet to talk all about them because i absolutely LOVE these birds, i fell in love with the breed when i owned them before at about age 13, i'm 24 now and have a reawakened passion for them. More updates as they grow and life goes on, and i'll post pictures soon also!!! All have been healthy and i haven't had any problems whatsoever, save for a death yesterday of one of my 2 original drakes...i had been doing great untill yesterday morning, when i go to feed them in the morning they usually crowd around my feet and i have to walk slowly as so not to step on them, but when i fill their food bowl they all scatter out of the way before rushing it, as they know i usually put treats in it like cracked corn or ripped up tortillas (which they LOVE) and i noticed that this big guy didn't move...he just lay their, kinda slumped over like a sickly chicken on a cold day, so i carefully picked him up (he didn't budge, and he's usuallly a real sensitive guy who doesn't care for being handled) and right away i figures something was wrong. Now, at the peak of my 'birding' if you will, i had 200+ chickens, i got real used to the 'randon bird death so i wasn't TOO shocked at this, but i wont say i wasn't severly bummed to see this!! Funny thing is, I saw him laying with the rest of my (at the time) 5-bird flock and then walked into my house for barely 30 minutes. When i came back outside, to go pickup my new duckies actually, he was dead next to the rest of the live duckies!! I felt a lil bad for the rest of them, it seemed slightly morbid. He is gone so no necropsy is in the plan, it was puzzling though...my guess, the gal i bought them from may have unknowingly allowed some inbreeding to occur and perhaps he had a heart, blood, or neurological condition.Bummer though. Feel free to chime in if you feel like it.