I've read a bunch of threads and googled...still unclear on some things. Some of those things have to do with the mixed flock our mixed flock. When I collected these Muscovies last fall I was getting "ducks." I didn't know they were "Muscovy" nor did I know they were going to end up being huge, mostly mellow, friendly and dramatic looking. Now we have Muscovy, mallards and a rouen duck...23 in total. A couple drakes are destined to be cooked soon. re: eggs Our primary interest is eggs. I gather Muscovies aren't the best for eggs. I read different numbers for what they produce each year. is it more like 70 or more like 180? A couple of the ladies have begun laying. I already notice they pine for their eggs. They are clearly thinking about brooding. Is it okay to take their eggs like we do from the mallards or will they get upset and stop laying...? re: genetics If I had to do it all over again I would have picked a single breed (not Muscovy) and stuck with that single breed. I don't want to keep separate flocks. I don't really want to "breed" ducks so much. But now I have this moulard/mule situation with the Muscovies/mallard derivatives. If I let any of the ducks brood out now, I'm likely to end up with little mule ducklings, right? So my flock is genetic mud. I feel bad about it. I'd love to hear people's thoughts and experiences on this. Do I just let it go and do the best I can over time? I did want to hatch the occasional nest, but now I'm not sure I should. plus I want the eggs. Our ducks live in duck heaven. Now that we have Muscovies, we love them, think they are fun and beautiful, have made special friends with several of them. Most of them will live out their natural lives in the lap of luxury. Hungry to learn and hungry for eggs. Thanks!