First thank you. We try but have certainly had our failures (part of the reason for this brood is we decided we really did want a Pekin even after we failed Snow.) But we have learned from all of our failures and have become better. Now for the Muscovy... At first - never heard of them. --- First impression - Ewwww, they have ugly buzzard faces merged with a duck. --- Later impressions - you get used to the caruncle - in fact it adds character. On the girls is it usually dainty and kind of pretty and on the drakes, well it defines them. --- Ok, now I am moderately interested... But Metzer, where I have ordered all my ducks, doesn't stock them, also for some reason, I haven't heard of any of them around here. --- I had the great pleasure of meeting Opie, his girls and his owners (hey Patti, we're talking about the ducks here - BTW while I have you in the parentheses, Yvonne read about Ernie, we're so sorry ). He has more personality in one claw than just about any other duck/drake I have ever met!!! And his girls were shy and sweet (at least with us strangers). If the only question was to have one or not, I would definitely have one. --- What is keeping us from getting one now is two fold. First we are full up. Once this brood joins the others, the house will be full, the pool will be full, the yard will be full . We have reached that point in duck math where we will need a real estate agent to get any further. (Yvonne says if I go that route, I go it alone - I had fantasies about a 20 acre field full of grasshoppers and 50 Runners... ). The second problem is the reason why I haven't heard about any Muscovy here. Their caruncle is no longer an aesthetic issue, but it is a health issue. With -20F (annual low) winters (record low is -42F) and the high winds in our area, a Muscovy would definitely have a hard time avoiding frost bite. Even if I gave them a heated house, I am sure they would want to go outside and play with their Mallard-based friends who don't have issues with the weather and they would suffer. I think most chickens around here stay inside during the cold snaps. Not my ducks. In the winter of 2014/2015, my ducks stayed in their house (other than eating and drinking) 2 days. This last winter they were out every day (on the coldest days they just came out and laid on the straw, but they came out). Wild Muscovy don't fly up here at all and some wild Mallards do overwinter here. So I won't force a Muscovy to live here.