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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Best Duck you will ever eat
If you like raising ducks for meat, this is a great breed to get. Muscovy Ducks are hardy and put on meat fairly quick. Usually ducklings bought in the spring can be slaughtered for meat in the fall, if you feed a high protein duck feed you might be able to butcher them even sooner. Muscovy Ducks have a good temperament and are easy to take care of. The meat quality is excellent and it is well worth the time and effort to pluck the ducks because the skin is even more wonderful. One really helpful trick for plucking a duck, or goose for that matter, is to use a wet cloth and an old iron to steam parts of the duck as you pluck, this will make the feathers come out much easier. Some of the hard to get wing feathers sometimes have to be removed with tweezers, and the leftover fuzz on the duck can be singed away with a small propane torch. Or if you prefer to go the high speed route, you could also buy or build an electric plucking machine. This may sound ridicules, but if you have a lot of birds you are butchering this is well worth the investment and will save you a ton of time and frustration. It will ensure you are getting all the best parts of the duck, the meat as well as the delicious skin. Muscovy Ducks are a great choice for a meat bird and once you taste the meat you will never want to try another. .
From SonjaM Jan 20 2019 9:27PM
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 lightoflove Mar 13 2013 6:19PM