Muscovy are excellent ducks for the average backyard flock. They can also fly quite well which enables them to better escape predators. As they are a flying duck, they will often perch in trees, though their nests are always on the ground. In addition, they are excellent foragers, eating larger amounts of grass than other types of domestic ducks. They are also calmer and quieter (no loud Quack like other female ducks) than other ducks. This makes them a great choice if you have a smaller back yard and are worried about the noise your neighbors will hear.
We only offer straight run, unsexed Muscovy ducklings but it will be very easy to tell the males apart from the females as they grow. Male Muscovy are almost twice the size of females as adults. By three weeks the two sexes are beginning to differentiate by size.
Muscovy females normally start laying later in the spring than other ducks. There is no breed of duck that does a better job of hatching and raising their young. Muscovy, especially the males, are very strong and it is best to use gloves when handling them because of their sharp nails. They do not try to attack you as a rooster might, but you can be accidentally scratched.
They are genetically different from all other breeds of domestic duck (which all originate from the wild Mallard duck). If you cross a Muscovy and any other domestic breed of duck, the progeny are infertile and cannot reproduce.
Muscovy ducklings require extra care in shipping. We will only be shipping the most recently hatched ducklings and will provide them with double the GroGel we normally include.
- Although your waterfowl order will need to be picked up from your local post office, please provide us with your physical address when placing your order. We cannot accept P.O. Box numbers for orders.
- The minimum order of day-old-ducklings shipped to Rhode Island is 12 due to Rhode Island state law.