We’ve been looking for Muscovy Ducks locally for a long time now, but couldn’t find any.
They are different from most domesticated ducks, which are descended from the Mallard. These are native to Mexico, Central and South America, and were domesticated centuries ago by Native American cultures (pre-Columbus).
They are larger than other ducks and have a leaner meat that is often compared to sirloin steak. They are also supposed to be quieter (often referred to as Mute Ducks). Another benefit for us is that they can be aggressive to predators, making them far less susceptible prey, and don’t need as much water. Plus, they are supposed to be a more effective fly control than poison, as they catch over 80% of the flies they try to grab.
For now we have them shut up in one of the barn pens, with a barrel of water to play in. Once they’ve gotten used to us and the place, we’ll be letting them loose and taking them down to the pond.
They are beautiful, and we are super excited to have them. Also looking forward to having ducklings in another month.