If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like A…

090605duck.jpg I'm no expert in waterfowl but this bird, spotted at a pond near the Carroll County Gun Show and Flea Market over the weekend, seems like a mixture of different breeds -- part duck, part goose and part turkey. Of course, it could be something entirely normal. Anybody out there know?

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I’m no expert in waterfowl but this bird, spotted at a pond near the Carroll County Gun Show and Flea Market over the weekend, seems like a mixture of different breeds — part duck, part goose and part turkey. Of course, it could be something entirely normal. Anybody out there know?

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  1. Yep, Muscovy duck. It’s a domestic strain often kept in barnyards, so some have escaped & become feral.

    They look funny, don’t they?

  2. Muskovy Ducks are vermin here in South Florida.

    Anybody who feeds them should be made to bring them inside their homes and keep them there.

  3. I have one as a pet they are very smart and love attention.It is so cute how he runs around and plays with my dog.

  4. I have 32 of these glorious creatures visit my yard from the lake across from me here in southern Florida. They are sweet, smart and each one with a unique personality. I treat them with ‘scatch’ -a cracked corn feed. My youngest ones are just learning to fly- I’ve never seen anything so adorable. I love muskovy duck!!!!

  5. My daughter has them all over her back yard. Can’t even go out on the grass since it is covered with duck droppings. Does anyone know how to get rid of them or at least discourage them from coming in the yard.Thanks.
    Jim

  6. Did you ever think about getting a good dog to take care of the problem? They don’t like loud barking dogs.

  7. Some people say the Muschovy are ‘vermin’, if you live in Florida you must realize how many insects there are around from the mosquito to the ‘no see ums’, these wonderful ducks eat away at those unhealthy insects and you are lucky they come into your yard..Ever heard of a water hose to hose down the droppings. After all, someone hoses down your droppings once or twice daily at the sewerage. These ducks are loving and very gentle creatures and help us keep the bugs somewhat at bay. I just lost one due to a car running over it and I am still crying. I love dogs and all animals but if you were my neighbor and you sent your dog running after the ducks you would be getting a visit from the ‘dog catcher’ in a heart beat so keep your dogs in your ‘fenced yard’ where they belong and leave the ducks alone and get a water hose for the droppings.

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