Frequently Asked Questions
- It is customary to make a donation when dropping off a duck(s) to Duck Haven. As soon as these animals arrive to our facility, they cost us money to ensure their well-being.
- We accept most major credit cards though PayPal. We also accept personal checks and cash upon drop off.
- All donations are tax-deductible.
Do’s and Don’ts
- PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS! Because many people feed them, Muscovy ducks are very trusting of humans and therefore susceptible to people’s cruelty.
- Condo, apartment complex management, and homeowners association residents who feed ducks in front of their homes invite organized kills, as the ducks are viewed as nuisance wildlife.
- These residents wrongly assume that because they love ducks, every resident wants to love and feed the ducks and allow them to congregate on driveways, at doorways, and in the street. This is not the case. Many people view the ducks as a nuisance.
- If you live on a lake or canal in an association development or apartment complex, for the safety of the innocent ducks, please follow the association rules.
- If you must feed the ducks, feed them only on their territory, at the waterfront and away from any areas where people congregate.
- Do not feed a duck bread, cat food or other human food, as it can lead to the development of “angel wing” which renders them unable to fly and escape predators for the remainder of their life. Bird feed is acceptable.
- Muscovy ducks are not native to the United States and are considered “exotic” rather than domestic wildlife. They are believed to have come here from South America 250 years ago.
- Because Muscovy ducks did not originate in the United States, wildlife agencies do not include Muscovy ducks as native wildlife warranting protection.
- Muscovy ducks do not carry disease. There has never been an instance of transmitted disease traced to a Muscovy.
- The Muscovy is a large duck and can have a wingspan of up to 64 inches. It is also a heavy breed and can weigh up to 15lbs; although the girls are slightly lighter at 6-7lbs.
- Muscovies have a broad, long body (males around 30 inches) and a wide, flat tail. Colors are usually black and white but there can be many variations: blue, black, chocolate, pied (white with any color), green, white, lavender, bronze, barred and rippled.
- All Muscovy ducks have long claws on their webbed feet.
- Although they do swim, they don’t swim as much as other ducks because their oil producing glands are small and underdeveloped.
- Although the Muscovy duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as −12 °C (10 °F) and able to survive even colder conditions.
- They are omnivorous foragers, eating a variety of plant material, leaves, roots and shoots along with small fish, crustaceans, small reptiles and millipedes. They will avidly eat mosquitoes and flies.
- The Muscovy is a very quiet duck; they do not quack like other ducks. They are usually fairly quiet unless attacked or excited. The females have a soft trilling vocalization while the males have a low hushed call.
- Muscovies do not hurt you when they “bite’. They have a rounded beak and no teeth. A finger in their beak feels like it’s being tickled by a plastic knife.
- Muscovies lay as many as 20 eggs each time, usually at a rate of 1 per day. Once they are finished laying eggs, the hen will incubate the eggs for 35 days.