Muscovys in the back yard?

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  1. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been wanting to get some muscovys to have in the back yard. I want them for their bug eating abilities. I was wondering if I had them back with my garden would they eat my garden? I know that chickens would I've just never had ducks and was curious if they would ravage it all?
     
  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    our Muscovies like greens and stuff so I would think they would eat those, I don't know about the rest.

    Steve in NC
     
  3. DuckLady

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  4. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depends, mine never really mess with the garden.. and if they do I don't really notice.

    Its my chickens that make the mess [​IMG]
     
  5. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I knew that the chickens would take over the garden. I was wondering if I let them loose in the garden for a small amount of time if they could help with pest control. I don't like using pesticides so I thought this would be a much more natural way of doing things. Plus Muscovy's have really grown on me. I thought they were ugly at first and now I think they're pretty cute and from what I've heard their personalities are perfect for what I'm looking for.

    Another question: Do ducks jump? How far off the ground could they get with their wings clipped. Could they get over a 3 foot fence? We have a 6 foot fence that goes all around our yard but I was going to section off an area that I could keep all my animals out of. So would a 3 foot fence do it?
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I have khaki's, a buff and a runner. They can jump and fly a tiny bit...maybe 2-3 feet UP and 4 feet out. They have never tried to go over my 3' breezeway gate. The rest of the yard has the 6' fence.
     
  7. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was hoping. They don't look like they're all that springy.
     
  8. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours go after bushes, trees, most anything.
     
  9. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Quote:You are right if you clip the wings they will stay on the ground. If you don't they can fly pretty good (the hens anyway) We had one last year named "flyer" that every afternoon would take off from the roof of the chicken house and fly out over the corn field circle around and come back in over our house for a landing after about a minute or 2 minute flight. The strange part was after she sat and raised a clutch of ducklings no more flying? We could never figure out if from the sitting her wing muscles got weaker or she forgot how?

    Steve in NC
     
  10. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's weird. You would think once a flyer always a flyer.
     

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