Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:27 PM
We had one brought in today to the Animal Rescue Centre where I volunteer at. It was found in the middle of a road and caught and brought into the centre. We have the general domesticated duck but this guy is so different.
Any advice or tips on this type of duck I will pass on to the centre and let them know if there is anything different to the domesticated ducks care.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:42 AM
The wild Muscovy Duck is blackish, with large white wing patches. Domesticated birds may look similar; most are dark brown or black mixed with white, particularly on the head. Other colors such as lavender or all-white are also seen. Both sexes have a nude black-and-red or all-red face- (from wikipedia). I had one growing up (as a pet for awhile) and it looked something like the picture you posted.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:15 AM
They make wonderful pets. And generally domesticate fairly easily. They are not related to Mallards but can hybridize with them and their domestic variants. A Muscovy's incubation period is also longer than other domestic ducks and their broods are often much much larger. They are also excellent fliers so keep it in a covered pen or it will attempt to fly back from where it came.
I would recommend reading about Muscovy ducks here and possibly even joining this forum as it has excellent information and you will be able to post questions and receive answers from people who have raised them before.
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