Muscovy Ducks

this page is a work in progress! I'll be adding more duck info and images as time allows so check back often!

I have incorporated Muscovy ducks into my food forest as part of my ecosystem! There are several benefits to these amazing ducks including:

- Quiet! Muscovy ducks do not quack

- Eggs! Of course anyone raising birds is excited about eggs. Muscovy eggs are large and delicious

- No pond required! A large tub of water will do

- Sturdy! Muscovy do not get as affected by heat, sickness or disease as much as chickens

- Long life! Muscovy can live longer than 15 years

- Meat! For those who choose to raise for meat, Muscovy meat is completely different than other duck meat.

- Personality! These ducks when raised right and bred for temperament are social and personable lovable animals.

- Show! Certain Muscovy can be shown in 4h and at the fair- and even more colors are getting recognized all the time.

- Fertilizer! I put composted duck poo directly in my tree wells and veggie beds!

 Below is a video where I am interviewed by Dave with Develop Awesome Skills- feel free to check it out to see my setup - and my baby bump!

 

Muscovy By Color

  • Fume

    A genetic deritivative of the Bronze Gene, Fume is 2 copies of Bronze and 1 copy of Blue. They feature Dark heads, medium saddle and light/white tails. Pink Bills and Orange feet are standard and eye color can be Brown or Blue. Primarily seen overseas, these are extremely rare in the United States. As with any other Muscovy, they can carry 0, 1, or 2 copies of the white head gene.

Muscovy By Color

  • Blue

    Blue is achieved with one dilution of the Black color. Blue can be a range of shades from very light (almost gray) to very dark (almost black) The can be solid, pied, or magpie and can have genetic splits to carry other recessive colors.

Muscovy By Color

  • White

    White is not necessarily the absence of color. a White bird can carry several other colors, or can be a pure white also known as a French White. Whites typically have blue eyes but not always! Most people who have meat lines choose to breed whites because it is a much cleaner look when the bird is dressed.

Muscovy By Color

  • Black

    Black is one of the original wild muscovy colors. Solids are showable at the fair. I have hatched black muscovy with brown, blue, even green eyes! Rust colored juvenile feathering on the chest will molt out within the first year. Black can show many feather colors and patterns, but only solids are showable. Typically Black muscovy will have a greenish or bluish "oil spill" sheen on their wing feathers

Muscovy By Color

  • CHOCOLATE

    Chocolate is the sex linked gene: if you have a Chocolate Drake over a non chocolate female you can tell the sex of the offspring based on what color they are at hatch! This is a huge advantage! Chocolate is showable and recognized by the APA. Males are required to pass it down. You can either have a Chocolate male, or a male that is split to chocolate meaning they carry it but don't express the color.

Muscovy By Color

  • lilac

    Lilac is Chocolate and Blue expressing in the same bird. There are a range of shades of Lilac since there are a range of shades in Blue. But you'll always be able to see both the brown tones and the blue tones in the same bird. Since a Lilac boy is a chocolate carrier, he would also be a candidate for sex linked babies when paired with a non chocolate/lilac hen.

Muscovy By Color

  • Silver

    Silver is a double dilution of Black. It is not a showable color even though blue and black are! From a Silver drake breeding you'll only hatch out Blues and Silvers no matter what color hens you have, although some may creat splits ( to chocolate, bronze, and lavender)

Muscovy By Color

  • Lavender

    Lavender is a recessive color: meaning both parents must carry it in order for there to be the possibility of lavender offspring. It can be carried but not expressed, but if there are two copies then you'll have a lavender duck!

photos of my ducks, ducklings, and their pens

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