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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Call ducks can fly fine they just usually choose not too. The petting zoo was only about 4+ feet and we had calls ducks and they mostly stayed in but when we set up by a river they would fly out into the middle of the river to visit the wild ducks though they always came back.(mouth or the Columbia in Portland so huge mouth of the river at the port).

There could be a number of reasons, dumped(though maybe not the most likely reason), got scared when out and got lost, Maybe accidentally dumped like squeezed out of what they were being carried in, or they followed some wild ducks and got lost so stayed with your flock.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:04 pm

Hm i never heard they could fly that well. Good to know being that i'm getting some this spring. Probably about the only way to know now is when we see the visual or if pat has heard them vocalize.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:19 pm

Realtree1 wrote:Have you heard them vocalize at all?


I am not sure now that you mention it. I have not spent much time outside near them.
but, in the morning, I will try and take notice. will also get picts.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:21 pm

really didn't notice if they fly. I thought they did, but, I could be wrong.

will try and check more tomorrow..

I am just confused how they got here and where they come from. I assume these ducks are not wild then.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:37 pm

Well call ducks would be the only domestic option i can think of. All other bantam domestic ducks arent the true mallard color. Some are close but have obvious mottling to there feathers or white splotches. They kinda make a higher picked cackling chortaling sound. If they arent calls they could be a wild duck, in which case teal would fit the bill. If they have a blue spot on their wings like a mallard hen does its a blue wing teal. They make a wistling sound not the tyical mallard hen quack.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:11 pm

got some pictures of them.

not sure of the sound, but, will try and listen for that tomorrow.

what is everyones opinion based on the pictures?

some pictures have another one of my ducks with them, but, you will notice them by their size.

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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:22 pm

Well they arent teal, but at the same time the typical call is very round in appearance short billed domed headed and somewhat fat looking. However, there are some strains of calls bred by people that just like having a small duck around. That is what they were well could be.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:05 pm

I looked a couple teal ducks online, and mine almost look like them.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... 6g1729.jpg

the pictures I posted are not real good. (will try and get better ones tomorrow) (I was in a hurry when I took their picts this morning)
but, I did notice their bills are longer than my other ducks.

so, they definitely are not wild ones then? (they seem too tame to be wild)
maybe someone dropped them off, or they "flew the coup" literately.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:13 pm

Looks like a mallard hen to me. judging by the size of the "wild" duck next to the black swedish, they are just the right size to be a mallard. I have a mallard pair and they are easy 1/3 the size of my pekin.
There are domestic mallards, and mallard crosses too. Could be mallard call crosses.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:14 pm

Those teal are green wings. They have the same pattern as ur ducks but instead of a blue patch like a mallard it is green. Your ducks wings are blue. They also seems to be a little more rounder breasted and cobbier bodied than wild ducks so no i dont think it could be any wild ducks.

Thats what i thought too lasergrl but i figured pat would knw how big a mallard is.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:18 pm

Which some mallards are pretty round bodied while others are kinda long and thin breasted. You could tell if they are domestic mallards if their dewclaws are removed.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:32 pm

Sometimes mallards just know a good thing. We had a pair that used to stop and spend a few months with our chickens every years long ago when we were in WA.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Lasergrl » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:29 pm

Mallards don't need yo be marked if domestic. They aren't regulated. My two are hatchery mallards and the hen looks exactly like the ones pictured.
There are so many people who buy and release mallards there really isn't any difference between wild and captive bred anymore.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby pat » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:15 pm

the more I look at them, I also think they are mallards.
actually, they did look like they grew a little since they arrived here.
the mallards I use to have (I think) were a little bigger than these two.
but, I may of gotten use to seeing the bigger ducks.

I only have one of my mallards left, he is a mix with muscovy.

the ducks were in the pond this morning, I got a couple more picts.
they were not quacking, but, making a regular duck noise.

they must of been young when they got here since they did grow a little.
but, usually the wild ducks don't stay long.
these two will come close when there is food. they are always with the other ones I have, along with one of my geese.

strange crew I have. the two young ones and the other two of mine and one goose are always together.
then I have my second goose (very friendly one) who is always with the mallard/muscovy duck.

I think these two ducks are here to stay. they have been here since early summer of 2012.

thanks all for info.

1st pict is my duck that is mix with mallard/muscovy.
he is pretty old. at least 10 or more years old.
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Re: Muscovy ducks

Postby Realtree1 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:42 pm

Domestic mallards have to be proven to be domestic bu removing rear dewclaws, but it doesnt really matter because any person can keep wild waterfowl without a permit. However, a waterfowl sale and dispersal permit will have to be obtained in order to sell, trade, or barder waterfowl.

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