How-to Care for Muscovy Ducks


George the Muscovy Duck

George the Muscovy Duck

Self-sufficiency is something we could all try our hand at, it ensures a person’s family will get the very best organic foods, handmade clothing and even the greatest education to be had. Muscovy ducks seem to fit the homesteaders’ bill just right; they provide lean and delicious meat, soft down, perfect insect control along with nearly perfect weed control. A person can have it all, all in the form of a good sized, quiet and easy to care for duck, the wonderful Muscovy.

Getting Started With Muscovy Ducks

Unlike many forms of livestock, Muscovy ducks can just about take care of themselves. They are efficient foragers, excellent broody mothers and have fantastic flying and perching capabilities. They are also not prone to trust potential predators; they will take flight, or stop and defend their offspring viciously. Anyone who has seen the claws on a Muscovy duck can vouch for the possibility of bloody wounds if the animals are not handled correctly or feel very threatened. They also have very powerful wings and a hooked bill to add to their arsenal. This may sound scary but it is a good thing; Muscovy ducks have retained their wild instincts, and this makes them very successful in the natural world. If they lay a fertile egg, you can just about bet that egg will hatch and many of the ducklings will survive. Muscovy ducks are not mean without cause; a “good” Muscovy will not attack unprovoked, as they would rather mind their own business of eating pests as opposed to a bloody battle.

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