What is this bird? a loon? duck?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by floridaquilter, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. floridaquilter

    floridaquilter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has taken up residence on my coop this morning. It has webbed feet. Is it a loon? Hoping this is temporary! He seems afraid of the geese so he stays on top of the chicken run.
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  2. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is not a loon - does look like a duck. ? Not sure what kind as there are so many.
     
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    mascovie cross?
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I bet it's someone's Muscovy cross that flew away and your coop reminds it of home! Poor baby!

    Wasn't someone on here missing hers?
     
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a muscovy duck and there's a lot of feral ones in your area. You can catch it and keep it if you like because the government considers them a nuisance and are exterminating them. They lay lots of eggs. You either have a female and a young male there (of course, the male won't lay any eggs [​IMG] )

    I think he's a beautiful color! I love the black ones.
     
  6. RockwaterFarm

    RockwaterFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its a muscovy!! if i lived closer i would come get him for ya he looks awsome
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's a muscovy and judging by body type and size, I'm guessing that it is a hen.
     
  8. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a female muscovys to me!Muscovys are awesom animals,they are basically south american geese.There great mothers,docile and eat tons of bugs,frogs and mice.
     
  9. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a pretty muscovy duck. If it didn't belong to anyone, I would keep it if I were you [​IMG]
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    As has been said, it is a muscovy. Since it flew in, it is almost certainly a female. They are ducks, not geese, although they are not closely related to most ducks; they are a form of tree duck. Very quiet birds who LOVE to eat mosquitos and flies. They hiss rather than quack.
     

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