Muscovy, the New Poultry Trend
I'm not an expert by any means on urban farming. But it is a passion of mine. On my little urban farm we have five different times of poultry/water fowl - chickens, ducks, quail, one turkey named Thanksgiving, and five muscovy. This spring was a very successful season for us! Our ducks hatched four ducklings and the female muscovy named Sassafrass hatched three babies - Butternut, Squash and Rutabaga. My favorites are the muscovy. That is what this article is about.
Musocvy are from South America and they are extremely hardy. They have been introduced to Russia! (Smith) They love to eat mosquitos and other bugs - so they are a great asset to anyone who is a magnet to mosquitoes! This is one of the many reasons why muscovy are the best water fowls to raise.
In South America they are used for meat birds, their eggs are rich and a delicacy. Muscovy meat is 98% fat free or more. (Smith) This means that the meat is less greasy than duck meat! You can find recipes online for how to cook muscovy meat. I have heard from friends that they are hard to pluck while processing.
Muscovy are not aggressive, drakes can be territorial during mating season. Muscovy have a weird looking red warty skin on their faces. This is called a caruncle. Drakes can grow to be around 15 pounds and hens between 9-10 pounds. (Smith)
personal experience we have a flock of five - one drake, one hen, and three adolescents which are two hens and one drake or so we think. Muscovy are quiet, they make quiet noises, the drakes make a hissing sound and the hens make a "pip" sound. (Smith) They don't quack! Muscovy do fly! I had to go chase one and get her off one of our neighbor's roofs. As with any beginning flock, it's always a great idea to start with one drake and three to four hens. Hens are great mothers, they can hatch three to four nests full of eggs. They are friendly, and always greet me when I go to feed them in the mornings. I highly recommend if you are thinking of starting a backyard poultry flock, or even add to your current flock. They make great pets! I've had my toddler around them. Muscovy can be a bit shy, they avoid you as you are walking around their area, but you can entice them with a treat or some food! They are by far my favorite birds that we have!
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Alexandra Binns-Craven is an urban farmer. Lexi is also currently enrolled in the Masters of Entrepreneurship Degree Program at Western Carolina University. Webmasters and other article publishers are hereby granted article reproduction permission as long as this article in its entirety, author's information, and any links remain intact. Copyright 2017 by Alexandra Binns-Craven.