Two parishes (counties) away, the local government has what they consider an overabundance of Muscovy ducks along the canals that criss-cross the entire parish. I called the police and the Wildlife & Fisheries and both have encouraged me to capture as many as I want. Many of the ducks have what appears to be a portion of the wing that either pokes-up in the air or droops down. Looking at the photos here, I don't see any of y'alls ducks with this condition. It is an unsightly thing. I have a canal behind my house. There is tons of aquatic plants there both winter and summer. There is a huge amount of insects and snails also. Here is a list of questions for now. There will be lots of traffic passing while I'm catching these ducks. What is a humane-looking way to catch the Muscovies? I wouldn't hurt the birds while catching them anyway. I just don't want to use a method that even appears to be hard on the birds. Will foraging for all of the foods I mentioned above, together with some feed, negatively impact the flavor of the meat? What is a low-cost feed to supplement with? I will attempt to catch what appears to be youngish birds. How do I get them to stay close to home? I will not keep any trapped birds with that broken-wing looking thing. What is the deal with that? If I must pen them up in order to keep them from initially flying off, how long does it usually take for the captured birds to stay close by? If I build nest boxes for them, how likely are they to use them? Are possums a threat to ducks? Is a brooder needed to start the young ones off? If this is too many questions, please forgive me. All of y'alls replies will be appreciated. As I'm sure you can tell, I am new to the Muscovy duck. I can see them being part of our lives from now on. Where we live is sooo perfect for keeping them. There is a huge osprey who's territory is just behind the canal. She keeps the other birds-of-prey at a very long distance. Now, raccoons and stuff may prove to be another thing.