I'm worried about my school's Muscovy drake.

Miss Lydia

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Maybe everyone should think about what would be good for him. Safety, warm bedding and good food? Muscovy are prone to frostbite on their fleshy faces, living when they can't get out of harsh weather will not help.
 

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Muskovy ducks reside at our local park year around. I'm sure originally they were dumped. Every year though reproduce and raise chicks. There are a few that are picked off by dogs and cats but they seem to withstand the winter just fine here in. southern Illinois. We have a duck house for ours and it is basically just for looks. They set out in the snow and ice and never go in.
 
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A shelter would have to have a door so he will be protected from predators if he isn't locked in overnight he would most likely not use shelter since he would be trapped if a predator came looking for duck dinner. and it will have to have ventilation so the warm moist air he creates with breathing and pooping can escape because that can cause respiratory issues, nice deep pine shavings for bedding so he can cuddle down and stay warm. They don't need food and water overnight [which can only cause issues since ducks are very messy with water]. Not many of us put food and water inside our coops.
i hope it works out.
@waddle3 there was a time my muscovy wanted to sleep out overnight too, but I stayed with it and trained them to go into their coop. I wouldn't have any of them if I had let them do what they wanted. They love their house and go in every night on their own.
 

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Yes, it depends on where you are if domestic ducks can survive without shelter. It depends if they get daily feeding, too. I've seen dumped/released domestics, even pekins, live for years and years free roaming with no shelter in the winter. They were on large bodies of water that very rarely totally froze, and kept them safe from predators at night.

Miss Lydia, you live in the mountains, and I am picturing you with a lot of predators, including large ones! The domestics I knew had no predator larger than a raccoon or opossum, and hawks and owls rarely got an adult duck, if they ever got any at all. Plus, there were no smaller predators, such as skunks, weasels, snakes, etc. In addition, the water protected them from dogs, as did a leash law, and protected their ducklings from cats. Although if there were geese around, cats were not a threat to any waterfowl. Geese can scare the heck out of cats!

This is not to encourage or justify dumping domestics, but to verify that many have had long lives when kept fed and have a lot of water around them. Muscovy ducks have the great advantage of strong, high flying skills, too. Their biggest threat in many places are humans, humans who despise them and find one way or another to get rid of them.
 
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