Hello from the PNW! I have a pretty pair of muscovies you can have if you want to take a drive up to Bremerton area- otherwise in your neck of the woods there are some really nice farms raising some really nice scovy ducks too
We have had several types of ducks over the years and always love our muscovies the best
they are such great mamas, my Old Hen has hatched mothered from 18 ducklings to baby chicks too- such wonderful mamas, and my Old Hen also acts as a midwife to the newer younger hens and helps them turn their eggs, but does not try to take over their nests when she has her own, I love good mamas
They do eat and mess plenty- but they are stellar foragers. My drake has twice now killed full grown rats that have gone into the coop. My hens LOVE to find nests of baby rats or mice and eat them right up, they do not just forage- they hunt!
Moles too, they love em.
yes, and slugs and all that other stuff too.
But they also have very smart habits to their foraging, like my favorite ducky thing they do is grab a branch in their beak and then shake it so the berries and bugs fall off, then they gobble those up. My good drake will do that for his hens, he's a good boy.
You can get mean drakes with any breed of ducks, but if you draw a mean one, they are not worth keeping around, there are so many wonderful sweet ones that are just wonderful.
Muscovies do not quake unless very young or very terrified. They hiss, but not out of aggression, its just how they talk. They wag their tails a lot too, they like to talk.
My hens just follow us around just to be with us, maybe to see if we will lift heavy rocks to look for worms for them. They also get up on our roof and clean out our gutters.
They also can fly and tried to follow my DH to work one day. He had to turn back three times to convince one of the hens to go back home and not follow him. They like their people.
They will sit (and poop) on your doorstep if you let them.
They lay nice big eggs, but they are cluster layers, so they will lay like crazy and then fade off ( not all breeds are like this)
what else can I tell you? Preditors, yes, they will roost in trees, but they will also be the first to get picked off when raccoons/coyotes etc come, so lock them up right, everyone likes to eat ducks and tehy are slow slow on the ground
they are stronger than the chickens, but much nicer than chickens. Chicken beaks are sharper, and chickens never touch each other for love, only to inflict harm, but ducks will groom each other and do touch each other out of love, so they do enjoy being pet as well - and are just nicer than chickens to each other