The Muscovy Ducks are a rather unique duck. It is the only domestic duck not to have descended from the Wild Mallard. It belongs to a sub group of perching ducks called “greater wood ducks”. Essentially a bird from the Tropics, the Muscovy Duck is native to some parts of North and South America but can also be found feral from time to time in Europe. Their feet have sharp claws that allow them to perch well (and can deliver a nasty scratch when you’re handling them so be careful). They are a unique looking duck with a bright red crest (called caruncles) around their eyes.
Muscovy Ducks make a good broody and will often sit 2 or 3 times per year. They 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 and are good escape artists so they will need to be wing-clipped. 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 up to 15 lbs while the females weigh about 6.5 lbs. They also occasionally like eating some vermin and should not be kept with guinea pigs or rabbits.
Although the Muscovy Duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as 12°C (10°F) and able to survive even colder conditions.
Uses: As a broody and utility: meat.
Eggs: 60 to 150 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 15 lbs. Duck: 6.5-7 lbs.
Colors: Black Magpie, Blue, Blue Magpie, Chocolate, Chocolate Magpie, Lavender, Wild (Mainly Black), White
Useful to Know: Drakes are almost twice the size of ducks. Both have very sharp claws so care should be taken when handling.
Domesticated ducks are raised for meat, eggs, exhibition, pets and down. All varieties of domesticated ducks are descended from the mallard, apart from the Muscovy duck, which seems to be a breed of it’s own.