We recently received an e-mail from a reader who’s concerned about new regulations from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would make owning or selling Muscovy ducks illegal — unless the ducks were specifically intended for use as food.

Is it legal to sell muscovy ducks in Florida?

Regulatory Status. Muscovy ducks are not native to Florida and are regulated as Class III wildlife, meaning a permit is required to possess them for exhibition or sale.

Can you keep muscovy ducks?

The muscovy is a wood duck. They like to perch in trees and have sharp claws to assist with this. While they can be kept with minimal water and don’t require a pond the way other ducks do, they really enjoy it when they’re given the opportunity.

What is the best age to butcher a Muscovy duck?

Muscovy ducks are ready for butchering at around 3 to 4 months and will dress at around 4 to 6 pounds. If you let them grow a little older the males might dress out ever heavier.

How much is a female Muscovy duck?

Fifth Day Farm

Females
Qty Price
1-29 $8.75
30-59 $7.85
60-119 $7.05

What is the lifespan of a Muscovy duck?

The average lifespan of a Muscovy duck is up to 20 years, that number is less attainable in the wild due to predation and injury.

What are Muscovy ducks used for?

What Are Muscovy Ducks Used For? Most people these days keep Muscovy ducks for their eggs and companionship, but traditionally, they’ve been kept for meat as well. This breed lays about 120 eggs per year, and is said to have the highest meat yield of any duck.

Will Muscovy ducks fly away?

Nonetheless, Muscovy ducks can still fly away and escape from their habitats. For instance, your Muscovy ducks can fly away if they don’t get a sufficient amount of food. They can also fly away during summer as they try to find a place to swim and cool down their bodies due to high temperatures.

Are muscovies really ducks?

Although we call the muscovy a duck it is technically not a duck. The muscovy is a South American waterfowl that has a body like a duck, behavaes like a goose in that it hisses rather than quacks, has a breast like a turkey, and roosters like a chicken.

Can you have a pet duck in Florida?

Florida has requirements for cage size and bird care, which pet owners should know. In addition, mallard owners are required to apply for a free mallard permit to keep ducks on their property. It is illegal to release mallards and other captive-reared waterfowl in Florida, but thousands of mallards are sold each year.

Are Muscovy ducks protected under the Migratory bird Act?

Muscovy ducks were added to the list of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 2010 due to this expansion. However, these ducks are popular in the pet trade, so depredation order 50 CFR 21.54 allows removal of Muscovy ducks outside of where they naturally occur.