I have 2 Muscovy ducks for about 2 months now. I bought it from the chicken market near my home. They usually hang around in my small pond and the river outside to find food. I wasn’t so sure why they didn’t breed any eggs because they were already grown when I bought them. A week ago, I saw the two of them mating, so I guess it’s about time.
They didn’t have any shelter or cage to live in at that time. I left them sleep outside and they didn’t seem to have any problem with it. So 3 days went by without them laying any eggs. I thought of building them a shelter and a man-made nest so the female can start laying eggs.
At first they didn’t get used to the new home, so at night they went under and slept there. I thought this was a failure because the shelter is too high. So the next day, I built the stairs for them to access their home easily. Amazingly, 2 days after I build the home, the female lays the first egg. I was so happy.
The female started to lay consistently 1 egg a day. It is exciting for us because this is our first time raising Muscovy ducks so we didn’t know what to expect. Seems like they instinctively know what is a nest and lay eggs in it. I heard that unlike other types of domestic ducks which don’t know how to hatch, Muscovy ducks hatch and raise their youngsters by themselves.
There are plenty of food down in the lake and I occasionally see them searching for crabs and snails in the mud. I feed them plenty. Mainly chicken processed foods and whole wheat. Some people told me that processed food is not good because of chemicals added, some said it is better because of the nutrient content. I feed them both anyways. I also heard that Muscovy ducks also eat mosquito and bugs – that’s how they got the name Musco – though I never seen them eating bugs with my own eyes.
Muscovy ducks are pretty quiet. They are probably the quietest ducks there is. Unlike my other ducks – our Pekins, they make plenty of noise, even when they eat. Muscovy ducks don’t eat like they are starving either, they eat after the others…sometimes they got attacks by other kind of ducks and can’t eat enough. So I separate them with the others. They seems calm and peaceful now. I also hate the Pekins, they are stupid. I make a nest for them to lay eggs. They lay eggs in the pond. I sometimes found 1 or 2 eggs laying in the water near the bank in the bushes, the rest probably sinks into the deeper parts.
One of them flew away on night when I left them outside. I though I lost one. But amazingly, 1 day later, she came back. Muscovy ducks are smart. They remember where their home is. I was concern about their ability to fly so well so I cut off their wing feathers though. Unlike other ducks which like to swim alot, these Muscovy like dryness and they usually stay on the tree branches.
Unlike my chicken, ducks seem to have strong resistance against the weather changing. Some cold early mornings I went to check on my chicken, I found that the Muscovy an Pekin ducks are already in the water splashing. They enjoy it actually. In the wild, Muscovy ducks are said to be good for nature as they eat insects and mosquitoes.
This is probably the first time my female Muscovy duck lays eggs. I’m not expecting too much results in hatched eggs but it is still a good start. Hopefully a good amount generation of Muscovy ducklings will hatch and thrive. It still a long time to go, about 2-3 months, before we can start enjoying our Muscovy duck roast.
Some awesome facts about Muscovy ducks:
In China, when they had a huge problem with Locusts and nothing they could do to stop them, the Chinese release Muscovy ducks to the wild. The result is amazing. The ducks eat the Locusts and thus stop the swarm on crops.
Muscovy ducks eat algae and weed in the water. This help clean the water and thus makes the eco system more healthy and complete.
Muscovy eat roaches. They also eat left over foods in the farm so reduce the population of rats in the area.