Muscovy ducks are a large breed, Drakes can reach a weight of between 10-15 pounds, and hens between 6-8 pounds. A perching duck, all Muscovys have long claws on their feet and a flat wide tail.
Wild Muscovys live in swamps, lakes, streams, and will often roost in trees. They are native to Mexico, South America and Central America. Although they prefer warm climates, they can exist in climates with temperatures as low as 10F.
Like Mallards, they do not form stable pairs. They will mate both on land and in the water. Domestic Muscovys can breed 3 times a year.
Hens lay a clutch of between 8-16 eggs and they are incubated for 35 days. When the eggs start to hatch, it may take 24 hours or more for all of the chicks to break through their shells. In the wild it is common for them to stay with their mother for up to 3 months.
Domestic Muscovy ducks come in a variety of colors including blue, black, pied (white mixed with any color), white, lavender, bronze, Ripple, and Barred.
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