muscovy... OMG it hurts

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rainplace, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Well I went and picked up a pair of muscovies today. Never again will I deal with a bird that huge with claws that long. Those claws went through my heavy duty leather gloves, and I'm bleeding from multiple puncture wounds. I was trying to get him into the makeshift quarantine pen downstairs and he would have nothing to do with it. He's now running around with the rest of the flock, and I'll never be able catch him again, I am sure. I sure hope he is disease free.

    The female is pretty and sweet enough, but I don't think I like claws on my birds. She better be a good incubator this spring!
  2. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    southwest Virginia
    Yep you have to becareful with their feet they are dangerous with them but for the most part a fun lovin duck and very good mothers.
  3. Le Canard de Barbarie

    Le Canard de Barbarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    The younger ones, like three months old, have even sharper claws. Like puppy teeth.

    Strong suckers, huh? Hope you are good on your tetanus shots.
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Oh I'm so sorry. I absolutely love my muscovies, but they do have some ferocious claws. I promise, that's not a common occurrence. I've caught and fooled with mine many, many times, with only minor scratches that didn't even break the skin. And I'm not exactly graceful or overly coordinated....

    I hope you heal up quickly.

  5. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    I dont handle my 4 m/o scovie girl but these babies love to sit on my arm like pirate birds. Im going to have to go and buy gloves.

    Heck, my non scovies leave scars all up and down my arms.
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Yes that drake is one strong dude. He's not aggressive, just doesn't want to be handled... fair enough. I don't think I want to keep him. I don't like not being able to handle an animal if a situation comes up that requires it. Yes, I am up on tetanus.

    My other ducks are afraid to death of them. Hopefully that will work out soon.

    I only wanted a female, but they came as a pair.
  7. Le Canard de Barbarie

    Le Canard de Barbarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Quote:I use a very big fishing net that I got at Wal-Mart for less than $20. I minimize the use of my hands as you can now appreciate.
  8. Quackmire

    Quackmire Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2009
    My Own Personal Zoo
    Owee! [​IMG]

    My girl laid me open by accident when she lost her grip perching on my arm. I file her nails with an emery board every now and then when they start getting too sharp....but I know thats not an option for most. I feel for you. They hurt even when they're not trying to....
  9. Chickies-duckies-etc

    Chickies-duckies-etc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2008
    Learning how to handle the muscovies helps a lot. The claws are to be AVOIDED at all costs. LOL I don't wear gloves for protection, but am very careful how I pick them up and hold them. Hold wings securely so they don't flap you hard and keep hands back and above the feet so they can't catch your hand with their claws. Then a good snug "football tuck" to carry them. Not too hard with a duck, but those big drakes can be tricky.

    Those baby claws are just like sharp velcro. Clings to anything and everything. Even skin.

    And if you haven't seen them climb a fence yet, those claws do a great job of getting the bird over a tall fence. I think the only difference between a cat and a muscovy is the outer cover - fur and feathers. LOL

    Other than the claws, they are so much fun.
  10. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    OWWWW, I hope you are okay! [​IMG]

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