Muscovy ducks are a great pet breed. It is easy to befriend them, live around them, enjoy their company and they do not make lots of loud noises.
Are these qualities enough for you to keep them on your farm? Well, here’s everything you need to know about the Muscovy duck’s beautiful appearance, calm and placid personality, and how to raise them!
- Appearance of Muscovy Ducks
Muscovies have a raised red facial area. This distinctive facial area of Muscovy ducks is called “caruncle”. The male Muscovy ducks are called Drakes. Their “caruncle” is especially raised and more evident than female Muscovy ducks.
This breed has a body similar to most other ducks. Muscovy ducks can have varied colors, from white, black, blue to chocolate and combination of black and white (termed as pied).
Personality Traits of Muscovy Ducks: Can they be domesticated or not?
Muscovy ducks do not fight other animals or you, at all. Rather, they are friendly and happy-go-lucky birds all year around.
Though, during mating seasons, drakes might aggressive towards female ducks. They are never found rough or rowdy towards you.
Also, when female ducks are on their eggs in their nests, they will hiss just to protect their to-be-ducklings (eggs). It is a nature of every parent to protect their kids, so is ducks.
Drakes become very defensive and protective of their family as well when female ducks incubate. Incubation is very personal and intimate process for the ducks. Do not irritate them once incubation begins, or else they will hiss.
They do not become possessive, caring and loving for you as much as a cat or dog would do. Yet, you must give them a little bit of your attention, love and care, and they are very good in mathematics.
They return you the equal little amount of attention, love and care.
Are Muscovy ducks loud?
Muscovy ducks do not quack. This unique and distinctive characteristic of the Muscovy duck makes them quieter than other ducks. They are not a means of nuisance in your property.
Rather, these ducks communicate through hissing. Their hissing is similar to that of a goose. This unique characteristic makes them more ideal for a pet.
Muscovy ducks do not quack because they are not descendants of mallards. They do not develop the necessity to quack, so they learn to hiss during their development period.
Do Muscovy Ducks bite?
No. Muscovy ducks are not aggressive animals by nature. They are very loving and caring. They attack, bite or claw only when people are violent, oppressive and furious with them. They are not aggressors, but they are defenders. They defend themselves against attacks, assaults or any harm.
What should you do before you bring your flock of Muscovy ducks home?
Here are some preparations you should do before bringing Muscovy ducks home:
Every living thing needs food. Ducks will forage in grass, and find their food. But you have some responsibility as a caretaker as well. Having known that, you should know that you will have to provide Muscovy ducks with more than enough food. If you treat them with their favorite food, they would run to you once you arrive home and lay eggs. Without giving proper duck feed, you will be deprived of duck eggs despite raising them in a good house. But do you know what they eat?
Muscovy ducks are omnivorous animals. They eat both animals and grass. Muscovy ducks love to hunt mosquitos, larvae, snails, leaves, seeds, tadpoles or water insects (other aquatic animals) etc. Muscovy ducks, like most other ducks, put their bills in the muddiest ponds and find treats.
However, you must also provide with their feed. You can feed with eggs, bugs, fruits, layer feed, grass and leaves. You can grow leaves in your house, and feed Muscovy ducks.
There are few things Muscovy ducks should not eat. Muscovy ducks can die of choking or poison having eaten these:
- Coffee is not good for Muscovy ducks.
- Sugar is very dangerous for ducks.
- Seeds of peaches, mangoes, apples or such stone fruit should be thrown or kept outside reach of the ducks. Also, skin of avocado should not be eaten by this breed of ducks.
- Bars of chocolates can be very poisonous for Muscovy ducks.
Muscovy ducks must have a dwelling of their own. Each duck requires 10 to 15 squares per feet space. Their dwelling will be easier to clean and mop if it is spacious and wide sufficiently. If you do not provide them with a proper and clean house, they may develop rowdy behavior. Obviously, you would not want your flock of Muscovy ducks to have picking feature, poking, fighting and bullying habits. So, you should build the house they require.
Provide them with swimming pool and separate drinking area.
Would you live without swimming? Of course, you would not. Why would you want to deprive little ducks of swimming or an activity which is very central to their life? Build them a good swimming pool or a little lake or a pond in your property.
It is also ideal to provide them with separate drinking water area. They should have an access to the clean and healthy drinking water.
With all these facilities in your property, they would roam around as if they are in their natural habitat.
Males vs. Females
Do you know which Muscovy duck is male and which Muscovy duck is female?
You should have an understanding of your flock. You must be able to recognize males and females. Drakes (male ducks) are larger, robust and have more prominent caruncle than female ducks. Also, drakes have fatter legs and longer feet. .
Muscovy Duck Eggs
Muscovy ducks are known for laying good layered eggs. Their eggs can be cooked, steamed and used in different recipes, as they taste really well. Muscovy ducks lay 120 eggs in a year.
It is very essential to keep in mind that Muscovy ducks do not lay eggs in a nest. They require an environment which encourages them to reward their owners with eggs. Also, you are responsible for feeding your hens (female ducks) with rich diet so that they have enough strength to lay eggs.
Muscovy ducks begin to lay eggs once they are 28 weeks (6 months). The ability to lay eggs of Muscovy ducks is affected by many factors, which are environment, weather and diet. They cannot lay eggs when they are stressed. So, you must make sure they have all of it to lay eggs.
Muscovy ducks do not lay eggs in the winter. In the cold months, they retain warmth and survive in the shivering weather. Muscovy ducks can survive in the winter months. Muscovy ducks can survive winters, and they are not known to die due to cold. But it is natural law that they do not lay eggs in the winter.