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Not exactly a pretty bird, but he can fly like a pterodactyl.

My male Muscovy ducks would fly up into tall trees to roost at night. When they flew bye within twenty feet of you it sounded like a giant albatross flapping ten foot wings. This guy in the photo weighed over twenty five pounds and stood three feet tall.

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Remember that Muscovy's are popular because they're friendly towards people.

Unfortunately, they're rapidly moving many shyer, native waterbird species closer to extinction.

They're considered a "pest species" here in Florida - and the wildlife people will come and get them and either "snuff" them or "relocate" them ( I hear they're fatty, and greasy, but tasty). Texas also has put them on the "pest" list.

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Robecology Level 9 July 23, 2021

In upstate New York I could sell my Muscovy ducks for $5 per pound live weight. They were always in demand for the other ethnic kitchens, not mine. I started with six, given to me by a dairy farmer who wanted them out of his barn quick. Within a year they multiplied to over 75, then 250.

@OldGoat43 Not surprised....and now a good way for you to make some $$...if what you say about the $5 a pound sale price is even close to accurate! Good luck! Keep us/me posted!

@Robecology . I don't have the farm any longer. The state of N.Y. taxed me out of existence when the rich city folk wanted quiet country estates. Who needs farms anyway?

@OldGoat43 So Can I assume you got rich from selling those 250 Muscovy's? Please don't tell me you let them all survive?

@Robecology. On Brook Glen Farm I raised Maremma Livestock Guardian dogs, Muscovy Ducks, Boer Breeder Goats, meat chickens and eggs, organic vegetables for farmers markets, veggie garden seedlings and marijuana. I also owned 31 apartments in Binghamton New York, 95 acres of woodland for firewood, and three houses. I was busy. Now I'm retired full time.

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Pretty colouring.

The females were really pretty, some had blue eyes. They could fly more gracefully than the males.

@OldGoat43 Birds are all beautiful in flight, but some colouring is more attractive than others.

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