What are magpies like?

KidOnTheMountain

Hatching
9 Years
Feb 28, 2010
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I've found someone local who will sell me magpie ducklings this spring. They are certainly a visually appealing breed, but my research into their nature is turning up a lot of contradictions. Some things I read say they love to swim, others say they are a breed who can take it or leave it, some say they are friendly, others say they are nervous and high-strung. SOme say they are great with kids, others say they aren't. I guess there really is just that much variation in the breed? Maybe especially given the challenges to breed show-worthy ones?
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What have folks here noticed about magpies?

Thanks!
 

Sjisty

Scribe of Brahmalot
11 Years
May 18, 2009
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Brooksville
I have a magpie drake. He is very laid back and friendly. He loves his baby pool! He is much friendlier than the three muscovies I have.

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Ducks-R-Us

Songster
10 Years
Jul 23, 2009
377
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North Dakota
My Magpies seem just like any other domestic duck. They like to be around you, just not too close. Mine lay huge eggs - bigger than my Pekins.
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