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Things You Need to Know Before Owning a Muscovy Duck

Updated: Mar 1

Hi friends,

Some of you may remember Bob from my Instragrams (I have the stories saved on my IG), the duck that was dropped off at our property one day. We loved Bob so much and I actually miss him now that she is gone... oh yeah turns out Bob was a girl.

Muscovy ducks are a popular choice for those looking for a backyard duck species. They are trainable and super friendly. Before getting one, it is important to consider the following factors:

  1. Climate: Muscovy ducks are well adapted to warm climates and can live comfortably in temperatures between 20-90°F. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you may need to provide extra heat and protection for your ducks.

  2. Space: Muscovy ducks require a large space to live, swim and forage. They need a minimum of 50 square feet per duck, but it is recommended to provide more space if possible. You will also need to provide a secure area for them to roost, such as a shed or a coop.

  3. Food: Muscovy ducks are omnivores and need a balanced diet to thrive. You can feed them a commercial duck feed, but they also need access to fresh water and vegetation to forage for insects and other food sources.

  4. Housing: You will need to provide a safe and secure housing area for your ducks, protected from predators and harsh weather conditions. The housing area should also be cleaned regularly to maintain good hygiene and health.

  5. Noise: Muscovy ducks are known for their loud vocalizations, so it's important to consider the noise level before getting one. If you live in a densely populated area, your neighbors may not appreciate the noise.At least that is what the internet says. We had a female Muscovy and she was very quiet.

  6. Egg production: Muscovy ducks are not prolific egg layers and will usually lay only 10-20 eggs per year. If you're looking for a reliable egg source, other breeds may be a better choice.

  7. Cost: Ducks require a significant investment in terms of housing, food, and other equipment. It is important to consider the cost before getting ducks and ensure you are financially prepared to provide for their needs.

In conclusion, owning Muscovy ducks can be a rewarding experience, but it is important to be prepared and understand their needs before making the commitment. By considering these factors, you can ensure your ducks are healthy, happy, and thriving in your backyard.

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