Scientific name: Cairina moschata domesticus
Other common names: Canard de Barbarie, Warzenenten
The wild Muscovy Duck is native to North and South America, and can be found feral in parts of Europe too. They are a tree perching breed, which means they can fly and perch in trees with ease. The Muscovy duck did not descend from the Mallard, and is actually a different species entirely. Muscovy Ducks have become very popular for their utility values, and are raised throughout the world.
Varieties: Black Magpie, Blue, Blue Magpie, Chocolate, Chocolate Magpie, Lavender, Wild, White
Uses: Brooding, Foie Gras, Meat
Personality: Calm and friendly when raised domestically
Suitable housing: Free range, or large pen
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 6.5 - 13 lbs
Noise level: Very quiet
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Meat production: Excellent, lean meat fowl
What else you should know:
Drakes are twice the size of the hens.
Muscovy ducks have very sharp claws and should be handled with caution.
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difficult feathers, little nip, ugly carcasses, caruncle, poop explosion, smelly messes
huge ducks, tree ducks, chocolate muscovies, avid fly eaters, protective mothers
An interesting, multipurpose duck!
We entered the world of Muscovy ducks in a round about way. We had a few Pekin ducks the kids had gotten when we got a call from a local urban wildlife sanctuary, who had two ducks that they needed homes for. These were domesticated ducks, not the wild ducks they dealt with. Sure, why not? Well, I wasn't aware of their unique appearance, not just the colors of plumage, but the skin around their beaks! It made for an interesting look. We found that these birds were very social, comical and engaging. They were wonderful at free ranging throughout the property, eating a steady of diet of bugs and greenery. They required little food until the ground was covered by snow, as they found all they needed in the pastures. I was amazed at how well they handled the cold in WI, rarely retreating to the henhouse. In fact, in the middle of the night, if I went out to check on the livestock, it was not uncommon to find the ducks taking a walk all over the property. The Muscovies did not quack as most ducks do but made a hissing sound. It was surprising, but not threatening. They were very easy-going with the other livestock and were not aggressive with the chickens at all. Ours were male, but the information is that the females provide lovely eggs, and quite a few too! They are also reported to make a meat that has been compared to veal, however, I have no experience with that myself. Ours were pets rather than production animals and were truly entertaining. .
From christyoz Sep 15 2016 2:51AM
Muscovy Ducks: the best meat duck ever!
Muscovy duck is a great duck for a meat yield. Although they often don't lay eggs year round 6 Muscovies can quickly turn into 30. Muscovy ducks are great mothers and will often hatch out a clutch of eggs on their own without you knowing it. Ducks are very difficult to pluck, don't try to. A Muscovy drake will get to 15 lbs in no time and the meat can't be beat. At butchering time don't waste your time plucking and instead skinyour drakes. Cooked right Muscovy meat is comparable to a steak.
Duck eggs are great for breakfast and also for baking cakes and desserts.
Muscovies unlike other ducks don't need water to swim in, they also don't wack like other duck breeds. If you are looking for a great meat animal then Muscovies are a great choice..
From Drhunt20 Sep 5 2015 7:31PM
Not so friendly
As a child, we had a few muscovy ducks on our hobby farm, so my experience with them is as pets rather than livestock. While they were great fun as babies, especially watching as they swam in a small wading pool, as the the ducks grew, at least some of the males started to become aggressive. Often if I entered their pen they'd chase me around and bite me, and these guys could run a lot faster than you'd think they could. I definitely wouldn't recommend these ducks as pets if you're hoping that children can interact with them. But that said, they're gorgeous birds with their red faces and snow-white feathers, and are always a pleasure to look at..
From light_of_love Mar 13 2013 6:19PM