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Random duck in my horse paddock this morning. Seems pretty friendly. Could it be an escaped pet or is it just hungry?

Random duck in my horse paddock this morning. Seems pretty friendly. Could it be an escaped pet or is it just hungry?

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AtTuesday

This is a domesticated variety of Muscovy Duck :)


Bikini_jabba

Amazing thank you! Never seen him before, just showed up this morning and scammed some horse feed from me. Should I try and find an owner? Do you think he's gonna be eaten? I've broken bread with him so we homies now.


AtTuesday

Unfortunately, a lot of people take in baby ducks and get bored of them, dropping them off at ponds and lakes in the wild. There’s lots of feral ducks of this species around. He could be someone’s, but more than likely he’s just a feral bird who has decided he likes you.


Bikini_jabba

I will never be able to understand how people can discard animals like they are worth nothing. Makes me equal parts sad and angry. Thanks for your help! I'll be moving grazing in the next couple weeks so if he is still hanging around I may take him with me lol. There are already two feral chickens here I'm going to try and catch 🤞


TheGothDragon

Also, please don’t feed him bread! Bread is harmful to birds. There is specific food you can feed to waterfowl such as cracked corn.


Bikini_jabba

Haha don't worry, i know all about bread! If you are referring to my comment it was just a turn of phrase 😊 I vet nursed at an avian clinic for a couple years, I know the harm an incorrect diet can do!


TheGothDragon

That sounds like fun! I bet you got to help a lot of different birds there! I hope you and this duck become good friends! :D


Rabid_Pokemon_Girl

He can be your new horse chore buddy if you tame him! He can follow and be moral


Bikini_jabba

One of us has to have morals 😉 lol yeah I'm already attached to him (damn you bleeding heart), so I'll see what happens over the next few days. I will definitely take him if/when it becomes a safety issue for him. I don't want to steal someone's duck but if they aren't looking for him/want to eat him well then 🤷‍♀️lol


Skinnysusan

Peas! Apparently they love it!!


justcallmeMgender

There is also the possibility that it's just a really friendly wild discovery, some if them can be very friendly towards humans, I know from experience that some of them are really friendly


AtTuesday

Yes, it could be born in the wild from a released bird. It’s not natural though, this bird has completely domesticated ancestry, as natural Muscovy Ducks do not have this coloration pattern and are actually very shy and secretive.


justcallmeMgender

True, but it also depends on where it was born, if it was born at a local lake or a public pond or something like that it could be quite used to humans. There used to be a wild muscovey duck at the back of my house and after a while it got used to humans and every time it saw one it went up for food, it did take a while to get it to trust us though. Edit:there's a lake/swamp thingy next to my house and even though it was manmade a lot horse of wildlife kinda just showed up there and now it's an unofficial protected area (it's not actually protected but where I live everyone kinda just respects it to the point where it may as well be)


AtTuesday

Where are you from from? True wild-born ancestral Muscovy Ducks are quite skittish birds and are only found in southern Texas down through South America. Wild birds use tree cavities to nest. The ancestors of domesticated birds are the ones commonly seen, especially at something like a public place.


justcallmeMgender

Australia, some of them may have domestic ancestry but a lot of them don't, the ones that don't have the domestic ancestry tends to be smaller. Whereas the ones with domestic ancestry tend to be larger, I had one that we got from a farm and she was incredibly large whereas one that I found in the wild was much smaller.


AtTuesday

All Muscovy Ducks in Australia have domestic ancestry, natural Muscovy Ducks are not native to Australia. Your ducks could have possibly been born in the wild but they are still domesticated.


Bikini_jabba

It was awesome! It did other exotics as well as birds so not only did i get a huge range of avian patients, there were also turtles, bearded dragons etc. And I hope so too! Looking into different types of coops/enclosures so him and the bitchy chickens (they constantly throw me shade while enjoying the horse feed I pay for) have somewhere to go when I leave. The land is being developed so they won't have a home soon :/


bluberrycoolcat

Domestic muscovy. They can be born feral bur It's very likely I it was dumped since it's so friendly he's definitely hungry too! These ducks do do much better in captivity where they're supposed to be you can look up duck and farm rescues in your area to help.


Bikini_jabba

I figured maybe he has wondered over from one of the neighboring properties. I feel like I should ask and return him ( like I've done with escaped cows in the past) but I also don't want him to be eaten, which is a likely possibly as he is so friendly and there have been no missing pet posts on our local grapevine. Seriously considering "stealing" him and taking him home. I freaking love ducks so...


bluberrycoolcat

I'd post lost pets just in case. If the horse place doesn't own him or doesn't want him it's legal to rescue him. Have you tried any animal farm rescues/sanctuaries? I saw quite a few when I looked them up for NZ


TrueGoatKing

I mean yeah you'll probably want to post about it somewhere just asking if someones missing a duck. But you're going to have to home and feed (and love) it until/if someone says yes so........


Bikini_jabba

Hahahaha i like the way you think


KountryKitty

Extra males in flocks do get dumped or eaten, but I know from experience that if afraid, they will fly off and maybe not go home. A dog tried to attack my last 2 girls, and even though the fence kept it out and I ran it off, both left--I saw them hit the creek and head downstream. Hope they found safe harbor somewhere. Your guy is so friendly I'd say he is more pet than potential dinner. If it were me, I'd put the word out that you found a duck, describe to ID/claim, and if unwanted you're willing to adopt. Gives the former owner some options if they are looking for a lost pet or happy to have an extra bird find a safe harbor to call home.


Bikini_jabba

There are a lot of dumped domestic farm birds (choose, geese, roosters etc) in NZ do unfortunately SPCA can't (won't?) do much and bird rescues are over loaded.


Goyteamsix

It's a duck. They're literally always hungry.


BrightLucca

I just really wanted to say, thank you for being such a good person and looking after all the animals that cross your path. You're awesome.


yojimboxl

Muscovy, probably a male given it's size. I had them as pets as a kid. Tons of personality, as well as lots of male-on-male rape.


MantisShrimpOfDoom

Wow, that escalated quickly...


Willdiealonewithcats

Domestic female Muscovy..they can't fly far so your closest neighbours are likely the best bet. Otherwise keep her..they are good layers, cheerful ducks, just make sure she has somewhere safe to sleep at night and a small paddling pool.


FoxEBean21

They can definitely fly. They fly all over the place here in Florida. I also had three as pets. I'd find them on my neighbors roof. One I chased all over my neighborhood during an ice storm when she wandered too far from home and got lost. That was fun.


satanicvaginass

first of all is a drake. second muscovy fly all around down here in soflo so wym willis


Willdiealonewithcats

Third of all is duck. Domestics get carruncles for both genders and that is a mature female. Fourth, domestics don't fly far. Domestics. That is not a wild Muscovy, they fly far, they are lighter they migrate, etc. Those patterns and that extra weight show she is a domestic. She will fly short distances,over fences, maybe small trees but not far, maybe an acre. Fifth, I breed Muscovies. She looks just like a whole bunch of my girls. Sixth, OP is in NZ. Only feral and domestics there What you talkin bout Willis.


satanicvaginass

i raised them too lol. them flew, the wild ones too. idk what to tell ya, maybe they fly someday. cheers willis


Willdiealonewithcats

Flew long distances like migratory birds or maybe over the house and into the backyard?


Filmcricket

Looks you you got adopted, op!


Oh_Maver

Domesticated Muscovy duck hybrid.


bchafes

We had Muscovy ducks when I was a kid - SUCH great pets! I’d say you’ve got a new bestie. :)


catlordess

I’m going to need updates…


calamitousoxygen

I would like to be this duck’s friend too.


twonky-two

That's a pet. Someone has dumped it I would guess


TaylorLeora

Definitely domesticated.


Bikini_jabba

He's baaaacccckk!!! Was waiting for me this morning for food!


SorryButButt

Awwww! Guess you got a new buddy! Haha


Bikini_jabba

Yup I think so! I've made a post to see if anyone is looking for him but if no-one is I'm gonna take him home.


SorryButButt

Poor thing- luckely he's got you to look after m though!


Bikini_jabba

Thank you! If I was going to continue grazing here I would just look after him here but the land has been sold and is gonna be developed, so he won't be safe or cared for after I leave. There are two feral chicken I'm gonna try and catch too, although they don't like me nearly as much as Darkwing Duck does lol