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]All kinds of fowl listed here. The amount of different kinds is staggering!

Ducks (also: ]Muscovies)
Gallinules (Moorhens) -- often mistaken for ducks
Geese
Swans
Guineas
Jungle Fowl
Pheasants
Partridges
Grouse
Quail
Turkeys
Ratites (Emu, Ostrich, Rhea, Cassowary)


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Muscovy Ducks [aka Scobies]


- don't quack
- forage well
- 200 eggs/year
- hardy
- fly around, not away
- and more!

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Muscovies are the only domestic ducks that are not derived from Mallard stock. They are a South American species. The original (wild type) coloration is black and white, but domestication has produced many more colors, including white, black, chocolate, and blue. The males are large, weighing up to twelve pounds, with the smaller females reaching only seven (I have heard of one Australian strain bred for market, in which a dressed male reached nearly 20 lb and took two people to restrain). Their feet have strong sharp claws and are built to grasp, so that they can perch on branches. Some people consider them ugly because of the large red warty caruncles above the beak and around the eyes. They are, however, very personable and interesting birds, and quite intelligent. Unlike most domestic waterfowl, Muscovies will often fly up and roost. They fly fairly well, especially the smaller females, but are known more for flying around than flying away!

The meat of the Muscovy is unlike that of the other domestic ducks. It is not greasy and is much more like veal than like poultry. In Taiwan and Europe they often use the Mule Duck, a hybrid of the Muscovy with Mallard-derivatives, as a meat bird.

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First choice for small farms and backyards. "For really efficient meat production in the tropics we should be looking at Muscovy ducks," says ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization). Not just in the tropics.

"We started with a drake and two ducks. After eight months we've had about 25 eggs to eat and 45 ducks of various sizes to eat."

Muscovy ducks can lay up to 195 eggs a year over a 40-week season. They'll nest three or four times during the season, hatching up to 20 ducklings a time. That leaves plenty of eggs for you, and LOTS of great meat!

If you've never eaten Muscovy, you should know that it's really something. Muscovy is not at all greasy like other duck meat, it's more like extra-special veal, with a fine texture, very little fat, and a unique and delicious flavour. It's the finest duck there is, and maybe one of the finest of all meats.

Muscovies are unique, the only domestic ducks that aren't derived from mallards. They come from South America and they're tree birds rather than water birds. So they don't need a pond to swim in (they do need water, but a large basin will do). And they fly. They're bigger and heavier than other ducks, and flying gives them large and powerful breast muscles, and strong, meaty legs. Muscovy breast looks like a fair-sized steak, you wouldn't guess it was duck.

For the producer they're cheap and troublefree: Muscovies more or less produce themselves. They're self-dependent, better foragers than other ducks, they grow fast and they seldom get sick. They clean up after your other livestock, eating what the others spill or leave.

They're personable and intelligent, great to have around, and they're quiet: they don't quack, the ducks chirp softly and the drakes hiss, and only when they have to -- they're not chatterers like geese, or showmen like roosters. Calm birds. And though they fly, they fly around, not away.

They come in black and white and various shades of grey and brown, with a bright red crest around their eyes and above the beak, like a cockscomb. Muscovies have never been industrialized or "developed", probably because they don't come in standard sizes: the drakes are much bigger than the ducks. A full-grown drake weighs about 15 pounds, and a duck up to 9-10 pounds.

Start with a drake and three ducks. Muscovy hens can set three or four times a year, with clutches of eight to 20 eggs. The eggs hatch after 35 days, the birds reach full size in 120 days, but can be slaughtered after 90 days. The meat yield is higher than any other duck, with 50% more breast meat, which is 98% lean, and the skin has 50% less fat than other ducks (but slaughtering a Muscovy will still yield a jar of fine duckfat for cooking).

It's said Muscovies have less fat because they come from a hot climate and don't need the fat to keep warm. Strange, then, that in temperate winters they produce a warm waistcoat of fine down (a useful by-product). We've had Muscovies at temperatures dropping to -15 deg C, and they didn't mind at all. Hardy birds.
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]Harvey Ussery in this podcast mentions the mangle, mangelwurzel, mangold, mamgel beet, field beet or fodder beet... [14 minutes into the podcast].
He says all kinds of fowl love the leaves thereof.
Wikipedia states: "Animals are known to thrive excellently upon this plant, both its leaves and roots providing a nutritious food. Mangelwurzel may require supplementary potassium (aka ]potash) for optimum yields"

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Guinea fowl are renowned for keeping ticks in check.
They are (unfortunately) very noisy birds. They make good 'watch dogs' and usually only make noise when disturbed but can be a bother at night (when rats and such come by). Some are noisier than others.
Supposedly 2 birds will keep one acre clear of ticks.
(Turkeys and chickens might work well with ticks, as well, but the Guinea fowl are famous for it.)
Keep them away from your beehive!

It should be noted that foraging fowl are excellent for keeping parasites of all kinds under control, in an orchard for instance.

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Muscovy diet


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The Muscovy duck is omnivorous, meaning that it eats both plant matter and animals. They are opportunistic and will adapt to whatever the predominant foodstuffs available are. They eat roots, seeds and stems of a variety of terrestrial and aquatic plants. They will also eat agricultural crops if they have access to them. Animal species that the Muscovy duck eats include small fish, amphibians such as frogs, crustaceans such as snails, and insects, with termites being particularly favored.
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like chufa (nuts)

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