The Muscovy are generally gentle birds unless the female is sitting or has a young brood. Muscovy drakes don\’t quack, but instead product a low hiss. The females only make a short, weak quack and this is what makes them the quietest of all the ducks. They can fly well so they will need to be wing-clipped.They are perching ducks so like trees logs etc to perch on They do not swim as much as other breeds because their oil glands are under developed. This means that they do not require a large source of water. The drakes can be quite large weighing 4.5 – 5.5 kg while the females weigh 2-3 kg.They love company and will seek you out in the garden . They are excellent slug and bug killers . As they are perching ducks they have claws so are not easily handled but they are friendly inquisitive ducks and do not tend to be as flighty as some of the other domestic ducks. They make excellent broodies often sitting and hatching up to 16 plus ducklings . The Muscovy was originally a wild bird from Central / South America and it is the only domesticated duck that is not derived from the Mallard. Muscovy\’s are non-migratory birds and like to roost in trees at night. The Muscovy was one of the first ducks to be domesticated but didn\’t come to the UK or North America until the Twentieth Century. It is thought that the Muscovy got its name from Muscovite Company which traded the ducks during the 1500s.
With the exception of the Muscovy, all domestic ducks are believed to be descendants of the mallard To keep domestic ducks it is not necessary to have a pond, although it is advisable to have a suitable water container in which the birds can bathe and mate. Consideration should be given as to how the water is changed – there are plenty of wide shallow plastic troughs available which can easily be emptied and moved around to prevent one spot becoming too muddy. One advantage of keeping domestic waterfowl rather than wildfowl is that the birds are likely to take more readily to being shut away in a house at night, reducing (but not eliminating!) the risk of predation.
All our ducks are bred here at Moon Ridge. We find ducks to be delightful, trusting and loyal. They are easy to keep and depending on the breed are prolific egg layers. Ducks tend to be very hardy and suffer from far fewer diseases than other types of poultry. They are easy to keep with simple housing and protection from the fox they will give you much pleasure and enjoyment. Domestic ducks are as happy on land as they are on the water, a simple receptacle of water so they can wash and preen is all that is required ( child’s plastic sandpit is ideal)
Ducks are excellent foragers and will hoover up all your slugs and snails .
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