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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Dec 26, 2015.
Wow wouldn't they make some pretty babies Lavender and white. Love those colors.
I'm in central British Columbia, no problems (as of yet) with the muscovy in the cold. Another BYC user keeps them in Alaska no problem, her temps are close to mine but it is more humid there. Gets into the minus 30's (Celsius) and some times lower here.
Your in the prairies? How cold was it when you lost your scovies?
I am in southern Manitoba and I have lost a big drake in the cold weather but other than the 1 loss all my Muscovies have done well in the winter.
Indiana, worst so far for my Muscovy flock was about 15 below. Same for us, 1 mature adult drake was lost. He had been injured and fully recovered from a stray dog the spring before. Just wasn't strong enough for the severe cold snap. Honestly, they just need a well ventilated dry coop to prevent frostbite and respiratory issues. I do not put water or food in any coop at night, it will draw rodents, predators in. The 6 hours a day I sleep or less they do fine without it.
As to the cold discussion, I live in Alaska at latitude 59 and at an elevation of 1,300 feet. I have a crazy amount of wind, at times I have many feet of snow. I only rarely get below -10F, so actually not too cold.
Mine do great, I haven't ever lost one due to the winter weather.
-- What made you decide to get this breed?
1. I heard that they were much cleaner than mallard type ducks and
2. Someone sold her flock for a good price
---Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
The kids and I love their personalities, we love the way they taste, and I sell the ducklings.
-- What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
They are much less messy than the mallard type ducks, and I love the fact that they are very smart, gorgeous (once you get over the caruncles), are great mothers, and wag their tails. They are also very low maintenance.
--Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
The orchard/main duck pen
Are there any special arrangements that I need to do for the muscovies? I'm thinking of getting a few but want to keep them together with the chickens.
Which colors are more rare? Which ones are more common for these guys?