Ducks - East Indies vs Muscovies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wildsky, May 23, 2008.

  1. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    What are your thoughts on these two breeds..... I love the tiny little East Indies - but the muscovie hiss and wag thing is so cute.

    Please tell me about your ducks, the pro's and con's of these two so I can try make a decision.....
     
  2. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    I will try my best to put pros and cons of each
    East Indies
    Pros
    Pretty and small
    Cons
    Bad layers, super flighty, noisy, only one color

    Muscovies
    Pros
    Come in many colors and even barred, great broodies of all eggs, they are adorable when they do the hiss-wag thing
    Cons
    Poor layers, have large claws(bad if they arent tame), they can nest high up in trees which gets annoying, longer incubation.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought some folks here said muscovies are good layers?

    East Indies (according to Holdereads site) also come in blue. One pro of East Indies over muscovies... smaller duck = less mess
     
  4. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some calls [​IMG]. But if you are set on one of those, get a few of both and keep them seperate. But if you can only get one kind then get muscovies.
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] I don't want super noisy ducks... [​IMG] (kids make enough noise)

    Thing is - I can get a trio of East Indies - so I won't be stuck with a bunch of boys....

    I do LOVE the muscovies - I think they're adorable.... perhaps I should get a few eggs and take a chance.
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I dont have east indies, but I have a couple calls and call crosses.

    Pro
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rubber ducky quacking.
    They are cute as all get out.
    Theya re bossy and have atti-tude.

    Cons
    Can you say broody monster?


    Scovies.
    Pros
    Intelligent, they will carry on a conversation with you as long as you don't bore them. They have a huge curiosity and need to be knowing what you are up to, especially if worms might be involved. I can't carry a pitchfork or shovel out back without a trail of ducks following me.
    They are good yardwork supervisors, even risking life and limb to save you from the mean ol monster worms.
    I find them to be good layers. They are calm, personable and beautiful.
    If hand raised, they will love you forever. Even the big drakes, if he is attached to you, will be your snuggle bunny in the yard on a summer afternoon.
    They are more likely to come to you and let you pet them and will eat out of your hands more than other ducks.

    Cons
    Sharp claws, I agree.

    When your snuggle bunny drake is in "the mood" and chooses you as his blow up duck, (especially when they are separated from the females), it can be annoying, though I guarantee your neighbor will be endlessly entertained at the sight of you running away and pushing your imprinted drake away at the same time yelling " STOP IT!! I am your MOTHER! We do not mate with our MOTHERS!" My neighbor would consider this a Pro, however.

    Stubborn. When they don't want to go in at night, they do...not...want...to...go...in. Period end of discussion.

    Just get some of each and be done with it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I could send you a couple eggs, wont gaurantee what type of DUCK will hatch though. [​IMG]
     
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:I could send you a couple eggs, wont gaurantee what type of DUCK will hatch though. [​IMG]

    Yeah - I don't think you HAVE ducks! LOL You wanna send me silkie eggs or something! [​IMG]
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:See - that is all so dang CUTE...... and I'm all about cute - and that hiss and tail wag - gets me every time....
     
  10. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

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    well youll always wonder what could have been unless you just get both.
     

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