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Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:32 pm

While reading over the migratory bird act list of speices recently I noticed that muscovy ducks were listed. I thought they were considered a domestic breed. So my question is are they treated like mallards where you can keep them without a license or permit if they have their dewclaws removed and band them to show they were domestic born?
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:26 pm

There are two varieties, the domestic and the true wild. There is some recent issues with them not being sure what type to regulate. So far its been assumed that no one cares about regulating the domestic type. People continue to trade them freely without permits.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:11 pm

Okay thanks i wondered if that wasnt the situation.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:15 pm

In case anyone else was wondering the same thing I was. Permits and such are not required for muscovy ducks. I found this on the application for a waterfowl sale and dispersal permit.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:11 pm

Here is a link to the old discussion, I dont know what became of it, though I assume nothing became of it

http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/livest ... anned.html
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:49 pm

I use to have muskovies. they sell them here in pa and ohio.
I use to go to a auction in ohio awhile ago. I use to always see the white ones and the black ones.

the most unique ducks I had was a mix of muskovy and mallard.
I had a female muskovy and a male mallard which mated.

muskovies are excellent sitters. they will sit on anything.
the female I had hatched chickens, and took care of them.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:52 pm

tell me about it! I have several still for sale from last year because they breed like rats! They are going in the pot soon, Im just too lazy to do it.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:09 am

I wouldn't mind having a couple. how much do you want for them?
what color are they?

I am trying to keep my flock down, which it sure did dwindle down.
but, I love to have more of the mallard and muscovies mix.
I only have one mix left and he is pretty old.

the muscovy that hatched this mix had 14 babies.
so, yes, they sure do hatch a lot and they are really good sitters.
mine would also sit on duck and goose eggs.

I have been meaning to ask this: there was two stray little mallard ducks that
decided to stay here. I have no idea where they come from, but, they now hang out with my other ducks.
they are exceptionally small for a duck. about half the size of a mallard, but, they look like a female mallard.
what type of duck would they be? a midget mallard? :lol:
I will see if I can find a picture of them, or take a new one.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:25 am

Might be blue wing teal hens
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:49 pm

For you Pat I would just give them to you, but Im not sure we would ever be in the same area soon. Im not sure if I would still have them by mt hope, since I am hating feeding them through winter.
I have a black pied drake and three white hens that are extra so far.
I really need to cut back, my neighbors dont like them picking through their gardens in the spring :(
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:13 pm

lg,

I would take a female, and the black male sounds good too.
how old are they (about)?

I think I might be making a trip to ohio, possibly soon, not sure of the exact date.
My guess might be before end of march.

is there somewhere you can keep the two? if not, don't worry about, I don't have to have them.

and thank you for your offer..
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:07 pm

The little ones sound like call ducks. They are bred to look like mallards and call a lot and loud. Originally bred as bait for hunting.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:15 pm

Thats what i thought at first too, but if they just showed up one day I doubt they would be calls. I wouldnt think they would be able to fly that well. I mean they are much more flighty than most other domestics, but i knw some breeders who keep theirs in open toped 4 ft high pens. Along with that but most people who breed them now are show breeders and those ducks arent cheap with breeding pairs and singles averaging $50-70.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:28 pm

I am still confused as to how they got here. did someone drop them off, or did they just happen to fly here.

if they are cull ducks, I have no idea where they would come from. not too many people around here have ducks.

they look like female mallards, except about half the size.
I will try and get pictures in the next couple days.

sometimes, I get the canadian geese (only a couple at a time) that land in the pond, will stay for awhile, then leave.
also I always get a crane that hangs out near the pond, but, will leave after awhile.

these little ducks are here to stay. they dont run or fly from people. that is why I am confused, if a wild duck,
it would eventually leave.

when I first seen them here, I thought they were young mallards, but, they never grew

maybe once I get the pictures, someone can identify what they are..
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:40 pm

Have you heard them vocalize at all?

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