My Muscovy Ducks
Along with my flock of laying hens, I have a small flock of 4 Muscovy hens, and 1 Muscovy drake.
Muscovy ducks are native of Mexico, Central America, and Southern America. Before the arrival of Columbus, a domesticated variety of Muscovy was bred and farmed by the area's indigenous people. Although the Muscovy is called a duck, they aren't really ducks. They are close to ducks, but not really family members. Muscovy ducks are the only breed of duck that is not bred from Mallard stock. Muscovy's are a large breed of duck and have a wingspan of 64 inches. They are a heavy meat breed, the males can weigh up to 15lbs, although the females are lighter at around 6lbs. The males cannot fly, however, the females can fly and will need wings clipped to prevent flying. Colors are commonly black and white, but there can be variations of blue, black, chocolate, pied, green, white, lavendar, bronze, barred, and rippled.
Muscovy hens will lay 60-120 eggs per year, and can have up to three to four broods each year. Their clutch of eggs is commonly around 16 eggs, but I have had some sit on up to 20. She will incubate her eggs for 35 days until hatching, once babies hatch they will stay close to mama for 10-12 weeks.
~Muscovy's are a very quiet breed of duck, they do not quack like other ducks.
~If upset, happy, or excited, they wags their tails.
~They live a decent amount of years, with an average lifespan of 8-12 years.
If you think you'd like to add Muscovy ducks to your farm, don't hesitate to message me! I'll have ducklings available starting in July.