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  1. #21
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    I think I'm a duck racist too, those muscovy ducks are ugly :-/
    Quarry Rat


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    They sure are tasty cooked though!



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    I wonder how many people like me did a Google search for Muscovy ducks because of this thread? They ARE ugly!

    But I am still intrigued by them--especially if I don't have to house them with the chickens. How do they do with cold weather? It said they are from South America...

    I'm getting tired of stepping in chicken crap. I imagine the duck crap would be much worse...
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    Mine lived out all winter with minimal shelter. In your area they'd need some protection... a place to get in out of the wind and wet. They are not as waterproof as N. American ducks. My understanding is that the cold is little trouble.

    I can't lie...their poop is pretty nasty. All ducks are pretty much.

    Here is an article I saved on them some time ago. I got my muscovies from this hatchery and actually spoke to this fellow. He was very nice to talk to.

    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/is...s_P_Smith.html



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    We fenced in a pasture that had been idle for several years last spring for grazing. It was very tall, great grass.

    We found it to be horribly infested with ticks.

    I mowed the pasture with my flail mower twice over a 2-week period, and the ticks were gone for the most part.



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    My neighbor has guinea fowl. For some reason they just peck at my glass doors all day though. In all seriousness I do think they have helped with the ticks a bit. They are beautiful too. Though not quiet.

    FWIW when I was a kid I was chased several times and ultimately attacked by my parents' muscovy duck. I don't remember it, I might well have been to blame, but it was enough for them to eat it and move onto other types.



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