Any differences in caring for a Muscovy versus a regular (Mallard descendant) duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Tivona, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got given a Muscovy girl. Very pretty and sweet. She looks to be in good health but has only eaten bread and cheese puffs for the last 24 to 48 hours.[​IMG] Apparently her mate died via a dog attack and the owner was going to put her down. A friend of a friend took her and then decided not to keep her and gave her to me. I have no idea about Muscovy's care: if it is different. She now has waterfowl feed in front of her and abundant water. Anything else she would need?
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Water, food, shelter fom predators, and love ;)
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    They are mostly the same. My Muscovy drake didn't seem to like swimming as much as my mallard derived breeds though.
     
  4. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is pretty well covered then here at my place. She will also have a bunch of new friends with my ducks. I have no idea when she lost her drake, only that she was alone for a little bit before they were going to put her down. She looked a bit sad when she arrived. Can't explain how she looks sad just that she does. Perhaps its a tummy ache instead of sadness due to the cheese puffs, she does look very healthy though. I will see how she is doing in the morning.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Aww how sweet, you'll love her once she settles in and gets to know you and the flock. If you have dried mealworms she'll be your friend in no time. Bless you for taking her in.
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    That is sad, why would they put her down?(people truly lack logic at times) I don't feel there is much difference in care the only thing would be the girls especially love to roost which is more typical of a chicken.
     
  7. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol. Thanks. I don't need mealworms with this girl. She is so sweet and calm that she lets me pet her if I approach slowly and talk sweet to her for a few minutes before I reach my hand out. Sort of makes the whole thing about them wanting to put her down all the more crazy.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds like a real sweetie, I love happy ending, thank goodness she was rescued.
     
  9. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea on why they wanted to have her put down. She is so sweet and she looks to be in very good health with bright eyes and shiny feathers. Obviously she was cared for but I guess they thought it would be too cruel to have just one duck and didn't want to get another. Just guessing from what I heard from my friend who heard it from their friend who got the duck from the people who were the ones who had originally had her. Really makes no sense at all to me but my information is a bit passed down so I will never know the whole story.
    Thanks for the tip on the roosting. I will be sure she has a spot available to perch and knows where it is, if she chooses too.
     
  10. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the happy ending here too. I am just glad my friend thought to bring her to me. I will try posting a picture of her today.
     

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