truth shall set you free!
FALSE: They ruin the grass.
The truth is that their droppings make GREAT fertilizer, great for the plants and grass
excerpt below "Muscovy ducks in the Yard"
"This is a picture of my back
yard. Some of the wild Muscovies are in the front of the picture, and far behind
out by the lake is some wild white Ibis.
Do I mind all these fowl being in my yard? Do they hurt my grass?
Look at the picture. Have you ever seen thicker greener grass than this?
have NO sprinklers in the back yard either.
The Muscovies take good care of
my yard, it is them, that make it so beautiful!
They are always invited in
my yard, and yes, even on my patio, their poo is
nothing to hose off, and it is
great for the grass and plants.
Their poo also is not like a dog or human poo, if you step in dog poo,
stinks and is hard to get off, you have to dig it off, where Ducks poo
wipe your foot in the grass it wipes right off, it is not greasy, it is
it does not stink. You can also hose it off very easy.
what the ducks did to my Cypress Tree! Cypress trees are
usually pretty scroungy, but this one where the ducks
lay under it is so full, that it is weighted down with
This tree is
absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! You can see some
ducks under it here. I named this tree my
"Carmen Miranda" tree. You can look at it
and see why ;)
Notice that it is LOADED with little white
cones, so much that it looks like snow. This is
only from the ducks, otherwise it would be just
a regular Cypress tree.
Here is a picture that you can see more
of the ducks with the tree,
under it, and love it.
So don't let no one kid ya, their droppings make GREAT fertilizer.
I was looking out my window at the Muscovies and the squirrels and birds all
eating together in harmony on my patio, and this song (What a Wonderful World)
was playing while I was watching them, and it was so nice and peaceful, and I
was thinking, it could be a wonderful world, if only people could get along like
these fowl and animals, and if people would just live, and let live.
You know, people are predators. All that have eyes in the front of their head is
considered a predator. Those are people, dogs, cats, lions & tigers & bears,
and eagles, hawks, owls, etc.
BUT, ducks, birds, deer and
other fowl and animals that have eyes on the sides of
their head, is not a
predator. They are the gentle ones, and the gentle ones are
the ones that
ignorant people kill!
The difference in people and
animals is people have minds to think, and also the
way people are brought up. A
person can be brought up right, or wrong. If wrong,
then they are worse than a
animal predator, because the animal is innocent, it
usually only kills to eat."
If there are areas in our community where the grass is not growing it's
because of the extreme shade some trees give out, also some trees roots extend
far above the ground and this also contributes to the
problem... but it is NOT because of the ducks.
We can testify that
moved here, over two years ago, there was very little grass in front of
unit -we had two huge very dense trees that provided continuous shade- we even bought $60 dollars worth of grass and
planted it, but had no success in keeping it up.... it was until after the Hurricane, and after all the debris
fallen fences had been removed that the grass started to prosper... this was
because one of
the trees that was providing so much shade before was totally gone and the other one
was partially destroyed and
barely any leaves on it... plenty of sun now, plus our constant watering, has finally
helped the grass grow!)
FALSE: They carry diseases.
NOT carry diseases to people,
and they do NOT carry diseases period. In fact they
are very resistant to diseases, and very seldom get sick . They are hardier are
more robust than any other
duck breed. As any living person or creature, ducks
can occasionally get ill, just as any bird of fowl can,
this does not mean they
Note: Because humans constantly putting
poisonous pesticides and chemicals in the water (eg. to kill the
saw grass) the ducks vital source of protein is being killed also, like small
fishes, algae's, pollywogs...
therefore some ducks have been found with anemia (this is very obvious as they
lose color around the
eyes and become listless) fortunately is easily overcome by supplementing with
are not clean.
are very clean also. They take from 3 to 10 thorough baths a day!
Their droppings are
soft and wash down with a hose very easy, and it is very good fertilizer.
Muscovies get blamed for other creatures droppings too, like doves, egrets,
ibis, iguanas, raccoons, feral
cats and toads .
The toads, for example, come out at
night all over Florida. And leave their droppings all over the place. Their
droppings are hard and
do not wash down easy. Guess who gets the blame for the toad droppings?
It is very easy to tell the duck
dropping. It washes down easy, all duck dropping
washes down easy. If it has
sat in the sun and dried up, it turns into a grainy dust pretty quickly, it just needs you to
shower it to get it wet, and it will loosen right up and
hose off easy. If it is
hard to wash down, then it is NOT duck dropping. The duck dropping IS great for your
grass and plants.
NOTE: Dove, ibis and
egrets droppings are white and/or creamy color and are
difficult to rinse. And yes! the ducks get blamed for
FALSE: They attack people.
It is NOT true that Muscovies attack
people. They even run from a bird!
A female may threaten you if she thinks you are
after her babies or near them, but not otherwise. This
is normal with all fowl
and birds, and any animal just protecting it's young. The male Muscovies fight
with each other at times during mating season, but other than that, they never
bother anything outside
of their own. Of course, do not ever let infants around
any animal, you just do not take a chance no
matter how safe it is.
The only times a Muscovy will get rowdy with people, is... if you have raised
them from babies, some
of the ones you raise, will want to play with you every
time they see you, just like a puppy, and will come
after your feet, just like
some dogs do, they have that kind of personality... they are not being
they just want to play. It gradually leaves as they mature, but these are
the ones, who when they grow up,
are your best and closest to the people that
have raised them. This does not happen though, unless the
duck is very familiar
with you, and has been raised by you. Each Muscovy has it's own personality,
are more playful, some are more shy, etc.
The Muscovies are quiet, as a matter of fact,
they are about the quietest duck there is. The other wild
ducks are the noise
makers. The Muscovies do not hurt any thing or any one. They do not mind living right with us. They are so easy
going that they put up with humans, no matter what, even when we
humans have invaded their
Farm ducks, for example, like the Pekin, Sweeds,
Campbles, Mallards, etc... they all dive in to the feed
dish like they are
starved, all pushing and pulling at each other to eat, while the Muscovies all
stand back, and wait till the others are all done, then they go over and eat.
The Muscovies will get after each other,
but they do not bother the other ducks
(or other animals) at all. It is the other ducks that get after them.
The Muscovies are so nice and easy going that it is remarkable. There is a definite
Muscovies are very special!
FALSE: They overpopulate easily.
The truth is that a Mama Duck, with a
bunch of ducklings, will never end up with all of
them. She will be lucky, if
she ends up with one or two. Rarely do they end up with more, and 95% of the time,
end up with none, after all their hard work. It is a torturous hell what
the poor female duck has to go through,
to try to have her little family... just
to loose them all usually within a few days to the many predators like snapping
turtles, great white herrings, raccoons, hawks, cats, snakes, etc.
For people who are raising ducks and don't want
to have an over population of ducks, it is quite simple to keep down the
population if you check out your yard a couple times a month, and gather the
eggs when the mother is off the nest (she gets off the nest usually once a day
at the very beginning of the 35-37 days of the
are different or ugly.
Fortunately many people think the Muscovy is a very
The red flesh on the
Muscovies face is just skin. It is basically what
distinguishes them from other
ducks. It is very soft.
The ball on their nose is their wattle. Some of the
ducks have black skin
instead of the red. The red
bumps are not warts, they are just little soft caruncles, not hard and
crusty like warts. People get
warts, not ducks!
Most of the ducks have a normal
amount of the
caruncles, but there are some of the ducks that get
too many of them, and then
some people think
they are ugly. Don't be silly, they can't help that, just as you can't help it
if you are ugly! The
ones that have too much of it, usually are the older
ducks, and usually the
males that have been in
many fights with other ducks. They get a build up of the caruncles
anywhere they would scar at,
and when the males
fight, they grab each other by the head and neck,
injuring these areas, and then
the red caruncles
form more as scar tissue and for protection,
something like we get calluses to
|Occasionally you may see some of
it on other parts of the body, this is a place where they have
injured, and it formed as a scar. The older females get more of it on the
back of their neck,
because when the male jumps her to mate, he holds her head by the back of the neck, and
scar tissue there also for protection. The females that get more of it
than the other ones,
jumped more than the other ones. Poor things, they don't have much say
the life of the
female ducks, is not very easy.
The more you get to know them, the
less you even notice the caruncles, they only look bad on the
ducks who have a over amount of them anyway, and for the special duck that they
are, it is easy to
not even notice them.
They bring mosquitoes and flies.
In fact The
Muscovy original name was "Musco Duck", because it is known as the "Mosquito
Muscovy ducks control flies and other insects the natural way. They are
controlling flies, mosquitoes larvae, mosquitoes, grasshoppers and locusts. In areas where
is grown, Muscovies eat snails and slugs. If you put them in a pen with
cows or calves they will eat
most of the flies. In one experiment where two year
old Muscovy ducks were put in cow pens, the
fly population was reduced by 80 to
An area in South Florida
where the lawns are wide and the minds
are narrow, that had Muscovies, and that never had a mosquito problem, decided to get get rid of
all of their Muscovy Ducks, and before you knew it, they had a terrible mosquito
they had to get a pest control company to come in and spray with
dangerous pesticides. They were fine until they got rid of the ducks!!! The Muscovies help tremendously, to keep down the mosquito
Muscovies cause algae or pollution in the water.
Muscovies DO NOT cause algae or pollution in the
water... they eat algae, they do not cause it.
They also eat a lot of the weeds around lakes
and ponds and canals, and by doing so they are actually helping us to keep the
People and things rotting
in the water cause most of the problem. Pine needles, trees shedding, and
the ones that go dormant in the winter, all shed their leaves in the water. The
holly trees and other trees that produce berries, drop their berries in the
water. The holly tree berries are already poisonous,
but when they fall into the
waters, and rot there they create a bad botulism, and pollution. But the worst
of all, is
people. They throw everything in the water!
It is ridiculous to
blame the algae and pollution on the ducks, when it is mostly the people who are
cause. Duck droppings are very natural. If the ducks were guilty, then the
fish would be much more guilty,
cause there is a awful lot more fish droppings
in the water, than there are ducks. It would have to be a
small lake with a
AWFUL LOT of ducks on it, for the ducks to be part of the cause.
City of Plantation, the Wild Life and Operation Habitat
Published in the "Plantation Quarterly" Newsletter -
Muscovy ducks are unusual Florida residents. They hiss
instead of quack, they fly clumsily, and they somehow
flourish in Florida’s urban environment. Native to Central and South America, they have lived in
Florida for many years and can be found near lakes and
The Muscovy duck is easily recognized by large patches
of red, bumpy skin around their eyes and bill (females
have smaller patches of red than males).
Unfortunately, these very personable and intelligent
animals are commonly harassed or worse by human
residents of our state.
ARFF is contacted on a regular basis by individuals and
municipalities seeking a solution to “problems” with
Muscovy ducks. Sometimes, their hissing is
misinterpreted as aggression (in fact, they are very
friendly animals). Most often, the complaints are that
the ducks are “messy,” fouling golf courses or
It is difficult
to imagine that bird droppings could warrant enough
anger in people to drive them to attack the responsible
animals. Sadly, Muscovy ducks in Florida have been
kicked, chased with brooms, deliberately hit with
vehicles, beaten to death and shot.
ducks are protected from harassment and inhumane
killing under Florida’s anti-cruelty statute
Prosecutions of individuals causing pain, injury or
death to ducks have occurred under the statute.
Egg Collection: Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways of
limiting populations of Muscovy ducks. The most humane
way to reduce a duck population, or to keep Muscovy
ducks from reaching “nuisance” numbers, is to remove
Egg collection can be a challenging process. Please
contact ARFF for tips on how to properly collect
Do Muscovy ducks carry disease?
There is no
evidence that Muscovy ducks transmit disease to humans,
or otherwise pose a public-health threat.
What about trapping?
Trapping and relocation may sound like a good option,
especially when disreputable trappers give only vague
information about the ultimate destination of the
animals. State law does not allow Muscovy ducks to be
relocated to public lands (Captive
Wildlife Regulation 372.265).
The truth is that when ducks are removed by trappers, they
will most likely be killed.
Ducks who are
not killed right away may be transported long distances
in cramped cages to farms that will kill them for meat
or exploit them for their eggs. The practice of trapping
and removal can also injure animals. ARFF has received
complaints about cruel trappers who only remove adult
ducks, separating mothers from their offspring, leaving
orphaned ducklings behind. In addition, trapping is
expensive and ineffective as a long-term solution.
N. Federal Highway • Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 •
Muscovy Ducks to be
a Florida native species
United States of
We, the undersigned, are calling for the
abolition of cruelty to Muscovy Ducks
in the State of Florida and asking that they are designated as a Florida
One of the main reasons the Muscovy duck was brought
to Florida several hundred
ago, was to help keep down the mosquito and bug population. There are
insects on an acre of land, and the Muscovy ducks are worth their weight in
eating mosquitoes and insects; including mosquito larva. They also eat
maggots and roaches.
Muscovies do not cause pollution in the water and do not cause algae... they
they do not cause it.
The Muscovy duck is very friendly and loved by many people who take the time
get to know them. There are a lot of lies spread about these ducks. These
not aggressive towards human beings in any way.
They also do not carry diseases. As any living person or creature, ducks can
occasionally get ill, just as any bird of fowl can, this does not mean they
They are also very clean and take from 3 to 10 baths a day. Their droppings
are soft and wash dow with a hose very easy, and is also very good fertilizer.
The Muscovy has the nicest character of any of the breeds with a pronounced
of humor/ very intelligent and head of any escape committee !
"Duck haven" information below:
**** Trappers do NOT relocate. They KILL. They drug them, maim them, and
them. Do not believe the ducks are being sent elsewhere!****
**** Muscovies are not a health hazard. Yes,
they may droppings
on the driveway, but with
a little care and patience and a working garden hose, the mess is cleaned
up. There has never been a proven incidence where a duck has spread any disease.
This is a
**** They are environmentally helpful. They rid our yard of many insects
mosquitoes and spiders. They also rid out yards of snakes, and small
**** They've been here in Florida longer than we have! They settled here
We want these friendly ducks to be protected. We want to stop the abuse
of the Muscovy Ducks. We want to stop the trappers from abusing and killing
We want the Muscovy Ducks to be declared native and be protected.
Egrets have only been here for about 50 years and they are protected, yet
has been here for hundreds of years and is not protected. We are asking for
the Muscovy Ducks to be a native species in the state of Florida.
We, the undersigned, are calling for the
abolition of cruelty to Muscovy Ducks in the
State of Florida and asking that they are designated as a Florida Native
TO SIGN THE PETITION GO
Muscovy, The Ideal Duck
A LOT of LIES are spread about these wonderful ducks
caused by arrogant ignorance
and stupidity... because of this Muscovies have been horribly abused, tortured,
mutilated and killed!
educated human beings believe the Muscovy duck to be the
ideal duck, here are some reasons why:
* Muscovy ducks
are inherently healthy, hardy, vigorous and robust, so much so that
they are known for resisting diseases, and very seldom
* Muscovy ducks
are very clean,
they take from 3 to 10 thorough baths a day!
* Muscovy ducks
are particularly helpful controlling flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers
and locusts. Muscovies are unarguably the best all
natural fly and mosquitoes catchers.
They start young! They learn to catch flies and mosquitoes on their very
* Muscovy ducks
are not noisy
birds. They don't quack, the females chirp softly and
the drakes hiss, and only when they
have to -- they're not chatterers like geese, or
showmen like roosters. Vocalization
is in the form of hissing. They were in the past
actually called "the mute duck". Calm
* Muscovy ducks might seem to some as
if they had a fierce expression, because of
the red skin round the eyes and down to the
beak.... they are, however,
very tame and
quiet and are personable, interesting birds, and very intelligent. Some of
the males may
even turn out extra friendly to humans and the females are always just sweet, as
as sweet can be, they only get upset if you go near their babies or eggs.
have been a wonder to behold. They are such a magnificent creation. They each have
Not only do the Muscovies have many valuable
reasons to have them around, they are
also fun little guys. They are clean, funny, friendly, and
they are like innocent children playing about. They have the charming habit of
wagging their tails
and butt like a happy poppy and make assorted goofy looking head movements...
of the endearing way Muscovies communicate.
They really do TRY to talk to you and to
communicate with you.
It is a thrill to know them because they are one of the few wild
creatures that you can make friends with.
* Muscovy ducks
are "working" birds. They are excellent foragers, in farms they keep all
the spilled feed
cleaned up, clean all the nummies out of the compost pile, and clean
coops up when they are open. They clean
up after other livestock, eating what the
others spill or leave.
* Muscovy ducks have
the nicest character
of any of the breeds. In fact it has been
reported over and over by
people who have tried
lots of different kind of ducks and have
found that the Muscovies are the only ones who they've truly taken to... That's mainly
because of their character, hardiness, and work ethic.
Muscovy ducks have
a pronounced sense of
humor and high intelligence. Eg. A duck
discovered that if she walked or flew up to a supermarket automatic door people
feed her to remove you from the area. This particular female was getting so
she had to waddle her way out very, very slowly... they learn quickly!.
* Muscovy ducks even
help keep down the rats because
when they are in need of protein
they do eat tiny baby rats and also they eat
the left over food, then there is none to draw
the rats in the night to eat it.
The Muscovies have it all gone by the time night falls. They
also come in handy
because they eat the roaches and other bugs all over the place. One
person reported that when they first
moved into their new home there were roaches all
over their yard, after they brought in Muscovy ducks they
never saw any.
In China, they had SO much trouble with Locusts, and NOTHING would get rid
of them. So,
guess what they tried, and found it worked wonders?
They took groups
of Muscovies and set them free in the fields where the locusts
were, and they devoured
all of them.
It worked so GREAT for them that they have made this a standard practice
to solve any similar situations in other areas.
Can Also Break!
NOTE: If it wasn't for fowl and birds and lizards,
the world would be over ran with bugs and creepy
crawlers. Sadly some ugly human beings act like they
own the earth... like if they are the only ones God
made the world for... if that was so, then God
wouldn't have made any animals or birds... the fact
is, he made them before he made man... and by
the 6th chapter of Genesis, (that's the very first
book in the Bible) it says: "And the Lord
repented that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart." (Gen 6:6)
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