Fifth Day Farm has a 15-chick order minimum. These birds CANNOT be combined with other birds to meet the minimum.
White Muscovy Duck Growth and Weight
White Muscovy Ducklings are fast-growing, reaching up to 12 pounds in just 12 weeks. Domesticated White Muscovy drakes (male Muscovy ducks) can grow to 15 pounds—that’s nearly twice the size of White Muscovy hens.
Muscovies aren’t particular when it comes to their diet. They’ll eat small fish, termites, millipedes, small reptiles, slugs, insects (including flies and mosquitoes), grass, grain…and yes, even the plants you have growing in your garden.
Not a fan of flies? Or do you have flies invading your barns and barnyards? Muscovy Ducks have a voracious appetite for flies and mosquitoes, and in fact, have been documented to reduce the fly population in cow pens by up to 90 percent!
White Muscovy Ducks are Best Suited for…
properties no smaller than one-quarter acre. This will not only keep the area cleaner, the ducks will feel less stress—which enhances their relationships with the other ducks, increases egg production, and prevents bad habits like feather plucking.
As mentioned earlier, these ducks are ideal where insects are a problem. If you’re in search of meat ducks, Muscovies are great choices, since they produce meat that is 98% fat free and less greasy than other duck meat. In fact. White Muscovy Ducks make up 90 percent of commercially produced duck meat.
Their docile nature also makes them ideal companion animals.
The Temperament of White Muscovy Ducks
When you raise Muscovy ducklings with a hands-on approach, they are more likely to be agreeable to being handled when grown. Regardless of your level of interaction with these ducks, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better homesteading breed. Their peaceable nature makes them docile pets, and they can actually become quite attached to their handlers.
White Muscovy Egg Production
When compared to their meat production, White Muscovy Ducks are not champion egg producers—although they can lay up to 195 eggs per year, over a 40-week season, starting in the spring. Production can potentially be increased by introducing artificial light during the winter months, to increase the amount of “daylight” in their days.
The eggs of the Muscovy have a harder shell than those of most ducks and the eggs weigh nearly three ounces. That makes them jumbo-sized!
Time to Maturity for White Muscovy Hens and White Muscovy Drakes
Muscovy ducklings will start laying eggs when they’re about six months (or 25 weeks) old. They will continue to lay eggs for about three years—or longer if they’re fed a protein-rich diet. Their mating season typically begins in August and runs through May.
White Muscovy Duck Breed FAQs
We hope that these frequently asked questions tell you everything you need to know about White Muscovy Ducks—but if not, please feel free to contact us. Our Muscovy ducks for sale are only available for shipping on limited dates—so if you’re thinking of ordering, choose your ship date now.
Are White Muscovy Ducks Friendly?
Yes! Not only are White Muscovy Ducks friendly, they are incredibly calm, cool and collected. When they’re happy to see you, they’ll wag their tail feathers like a dog, and some people even claim that these highly intelligent ducks can recognize words and gestures.
What is the Life Expectancy of a White Muscovy Duck?
Wild Muscovy ducks have an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years. When they are domesticated, living in captivity, and being well-cared-for, White Muscovies can live for up to 20 years.