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Muscovy ducks and the Garden

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Anyone have any experience with this?  I was thinking about putting them in a tractor and moving them about and letting out when I can watch them.  I want some ducks just to have them, but thought putting them to work would be good too.  Maybe I could put them in between row when I have veggies in and then putting them on the spaces with the spent garden before I plant cover crops?

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My Muscovies are totally free range so I can't quite say with the tractor bit - but what I did notice is that they eat the bugs and leave a lot of the garden plants be, where as I can't trust my chickens with the garden once it's planted at all.
 

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My Muscovies are totally free range so I can't quite say with the tractor bit - but what I did notice is that they eat the bugs and leave a lot of the garden plants be, where as I can't trust my chickens with the garden once it's planted at all.
 


Ok.  Great!!  Yeah, chickens are not to be trusted free range in the garden.  They love to take bites out of everything. lol

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We have one Muscovy and 14 Pekings. (Yes, it's the odd duck. Lol) One thing to remember is they fly VERY well, so if you went with Pekings or another non-flying breed they are easier to keep in/out where you want them. Our goat fence keeps the Pekings in better than it does the goats.

 

Our chickens are free range and can fly, so I put my garden in our "front yard" since the chickens don't go up there. It's on the other side of the house and over the privacy fence. So far, so good. But, they don't fly nearly as well as the Muscovy. 

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