Will muscovies, kept in the garden area, devour my garden?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wesleyds, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. wesleyds

    wesleyds Out Of The Brooder

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    I am considering getting some muscovies for tablefare. If they are kept inside the fenced garden will they eat the plants down to the nub or are my plants safe?
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on the plants.. mine did not touch my tomato plants, ate the lettuce, ruined the broccoli, cauliflower.. the asparagus was fairly safe. A few of my flowers they did eat, so basically a crap shoot.. i would fence off anything of great importance.

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  3. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't recommend keeping them in with your plants. What they don't eat they may very well trample with their big duck feet.
    Mine hid inside the tomato and potato plants which did a little damage and they sat on my carrots. Overall not too bad but I only let them in there for short periods to do bug control.
     
  4. BC-NZ

    BC-NZ Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine totally demolished my zucchini plants and would have done the same to the Butternut Pumpkin, tomatoes, strawberries and capsicum if I hadn't fenced them off, they've also neatly trimmed the grapevine as far as they can reach and it's not as if they don't have enough grass and weeds around to eat as well as 24/7 supply of pallets!
    We also feed free lettuce scraps from our local Fruit & Veggie shop as extra greens as often as we can and they just seem to be inhaled
    They try anything but don't touch the citrus trees anymore
     
  5. wesleyds

    wesleyds Out Of The Brooder

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    Well that kills my first idea. Back to the drawing board! I don't have to worry about citrus trees up here. It was -26f this morning when I got up. Thank you all for the responses.
     
  6. BC-NZ

    BC-NZ Out Of The Brooder

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    I was kind of going by what I'd read that ducks left your plants alone compared to Chickens and just ate the bugs, well that idea quickly vanished once I let them out to free range.... I see my Ducks trying to get into the garden more than my Chickens, they're more interested in scratching in the dirt.
    The ducks keep the lawn well trimmed though
     
  7. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So do mine! I had no idea they would mow the lawn for me.
     

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