French White Muscovy Duck
Facts about French White Muscovy Ducks. The French White Muscovy Duck breed resemble the Muscovy ducks that hails from Brazil. They behave and look like separate waterfowl species and therefore the French White Muscovy Duck are quite distinctive from other duck breeds. If the French White Muscovy Ducks are interbred with other species, they produce a duck, which is infertile.
French White Muscovy Ducks are popularly bred in France, where purer and bigger breeds are produced. The French White Muscovy Duck grow up very fast and produce heavy all-white meat weighing about 12 Ibs (5.4 kg) when they are just 12 weeks-old making them good meat. The French White Muscovy Duck eggs take an average of 35 days to hatch. The females are very active and dedicated to feed their young no matter what.
Food and Care of French White Muscovy Duck
The standard French White ducks are considered large with the drakes measuring about 30 inches (76 cm) long and weighing up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg). Females grow up to 7 pounds (3.1 kg), meaning they are almost half the male size. The features of the French White Muscovy Duck breeds is just similar to those of the black breeds, the only different being the color.
When it comes to feeding the French White Muscovy Ducks, you must consider giving them a lot of grain. While other foods may do for them, grain is their favorite. Check their health frequently as they are prone to fowl based diseases. The French White Muscovy Duck is suited for someone who not only needs to beautify his backyard but also one who needs copious amount of white duck meat.
French White Muscovy Ducks are related to geese and swans and the duck is the smallest of these birds with shorter wings and neck and a stocky body. French White Muscovy Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed.
A French White Muscovy Duck is a Precocial (meaning) Born or hatched with the eyes open, a covering of hair or down, capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.
Water-proof feathers of French White Muscovy Duck
A special feature that the French White Muscovy Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the duck dives underwater, its downy under-layer of feathers will stay totally 100% dry. There is a special gland called the "Preen Gland" also called Oil Gland or Uropygial, that produces oil that is near the French White Muscovy Ducks tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the French White Muscovy Ducks feathers, which makes the duck water-proof.
Features about the French White Muscovy Duck feet
French White Muscovy Ducks have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. The French White Muscovy Duck push their webbed paddle feet back in a kicking motion, this allows them to move swift through the water and when the feet come back, they close for less water resistance. The French White Muscovy Ducks paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a French White Muscovy Duck waddle instead of walk. The French White Muscovy Ducks feet have capillaries which help blood flow to their feet. The warm blood flow down the leg and creates a heat exchange system. When the blood flows down the leg, it meets the cold blood and is warmed up to keep the French White Muscovy Ducks feet warm. French White Muscovy Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
Characteristics of French White Muscovy Duck
French White Muscovy Ducks are purely white though some may have black spots on the neck and the head. The French White Muscovy Duck have pink/red wattles in the area around the bill. The male’s wattle is larger and brightly colored to stay attractive to the females. The French White Muscovy Duck have big claws and large breasts making them one of the most reared breeds for the purpose of meat. The claws aid the duck to perch on trees firmly. The most intriguing fact about the French White Muscovy Duck is that it doesn’t quack at all, as most ducks do. The French White Muscovy Duck rather make soft hissing sounds. The males make heavy sounds that sound like a dog breathing hard.
Features about the Bill French White Muscovy Ducks
French White Muscovy Duck of the A "bill" is what is call a French White Muscovy Ducks mouth. There are no teeth in the ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. French White Muscovy Ducks swallow there food whole and it goes to an organ called a gizzard, were the food is first ground up and than moves on to the stomach. The different bill shapes and sizes for finding food, has over time mutated to fit each environment. The bill is flat and broad and has rows of fine incision along the outer edge called "lamellae". meaning a thin membrane, plate, scale or layer, as of cell wall or bone tissue. The larnellae helps the French White Muscovy Duck to clutch food for feeding.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the French White Muscovy Ducks body warm. French White Muscovy Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
Male French White Muscovy Ducks will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Baby ducklings are able to fly within 5 to 8 weeks. Ducks will lay more eggs, when there is more daylight, that's why farmers will keep the lights on in the ducks house for longer periods of time. French White Muscovy Ducks fly in a “V” shape to makes flying easier.
Features about eggs of the French White Muscovy Duck
A French White Muscovy Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
French White Muscovy Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A French White Muscovy Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. French White Muscovy Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. French White Muscovy Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.
French White Muscovy Ducks are birds in the Class of "Aves". Ducks of all types are part of the bird family "Anatidae". French White Muscovy Ducks are also called "waterfowls" they are generally found in places were there is water, such as ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and occasionally your back yard pool. Scientific name for French White Muscovy Duck "Anas Platyrhynchos" meaning - Wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed. From New Latin "anas" meaning (Duck) and the word Platyrhynchos comes from "platyrrhine", Ancient Greek meaning (broad snouted, flat-bridged nose).
French White Muscovy Ducks see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. French White Muscovy Ducks have three eyelids the third eyelid called nictitating membrane. They have a top and bottom as well as a third eyelid that is found on the side of the eye. The French White Muscovy Ducks eyelid blinking acts as a windshield wiper to clear the eye. This helps to see when diving under water can also help the eye from drying out while flying. This is an act of constantly cleaning and keeping the eye moist.
An male adult French White Muscovy Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female French White Muscovy Duck is called a (hen). A young baby duck is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The female (hen) are usually a plain colored brown for hiding purposes to be camouflaged from their enemies when they are sitting in their nests.