Magpie Ducks

Domestic Duck Breed
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Magpie Ducks

Domestic Duck Breed
ReservationsFun Facts

Magpie Ducks

Domestic Duck Breed
ReservationsFun Facts

About Magpie Ducks

Quick Look

Wet Feather

Frequently Asked

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Magpie Ducks originated in the country of Whales in the early 20th century.  They were imported to America in 1963. Many historians believe they were bred from the Huttegem duck and the Indian Runner.  They have dark brown eyes and a yellow bill combined with being either black and white or blue and white with a unique black cap on their heads.   They mature at 10 weeks old at 4 lbs. and the adults between 4-5 lbs.

They are typically used for laying eggs, show birds, pets and meat.  Their meat is considered to be delicious and high quality. They are still rather rare in America and are listed on the threatened list. 

Below you will find some interesting facts along with items for sales such as necklaces, shirts, paintings, ornaments and much more!

 

About Magpie Ducks

Quick Look

Wet Feather

Frequently Asked

Items For Sale

Magpie Ducks originated in the country of Whales in the early 20th century.  They were imported to America in 1963. Many historians believe they were bred from the Huttegem duck and the Indian Runner.  They have dark brown eyes and a yellow bill combined with a being either black and white or blue and white with a unique black cap on their heads.  They mature at 10 weeks old at 4 lbs. and the adults between 4-5 lbs.

They are typically used for laying eggs, show birds, pets and meat.  Their meat is considered to be delicious and high quality. They are still rather rare in America and are listed on the threatened list. 

Below you will find some interesting facts along with items for sales such as necklaces, shirts, paintings, ornaments and much more!

About Magpie Ducks

Quick Look

Frequently Asked

Wet-Feather

Items For Sale

Magpie Ducks originated in the country of Whales in the early 20th century.  They were imported to America in 1963. Many historians believe they were bred from the Huttegem duck and the Indian Runner.  They have dark brown eyes and a yellow bill combined with a being either black and white or blue and white with a unique black cap on their heads.   They mature at 10 weeks old at 4 lbs. and the adults weigh between 4-5 lbs.

They are typically used for laying eggs, show birds, pets and meat.  Their meat is considered to be delicious and high quality. They are still rather rare in America and are listed on the threatened list. 

extinction.

Below you will find some interesting facts along with items for sales such as necklaces, shirts, paintings, ornaments and much more!

Quick Look

Quick Look

Quick Look

Magpie-Duck-Bill-Bean

Bean

The small round bump on the end of a duck’s bill is called a “bean.”  It is used to catch insects and for defense. It is like a fingernail and can break and grow back.  It can also get overgrown if i doesn’t have a natural habitat with something to grind it down on.

Webbed Feet

Like most ducks, the magpie has webbed feet.  Interestingly their feet do not feel cold even when swimming in icy water.  Their feet makes them waddle instead of walk. They have a heat exchange system stemming from the warm blood flow down the leg which meets the cold blood and warms up the feet.

Fun Facts About Magpie Ducks

There is a false urban legend that people think a duck’s quack doesn’t echo.  It actually does echo.

A duck’s bill is quite unique in its spatulate shape and helps the birds crush food similar to teeth, although they do not actually have teeth.

The nests is protected by the male magpie who will chase away predators and other ducks.

Magpie ducks have 3 eyelids which help them see clear in water, and that third eyelid acts like windshield wipers constantly wiping the eyes clean.

All domestic ducks are decendants from the Muscovy or Mallard Duck. 

Unique Cleaning

A unique thing about Magpie Ducks is the way the clean themselves.  They can turn their heads completely around and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.

Annual Eggs

  • Conservation Status: Threatened

Eyes wide Open

Magpie ducklings are born or hatched with their eyes open and can leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.

Nutritional Eggs

The eggs of a Magpie Duck hold twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg and stay fresh longer because of their thick shell.

Fun Facts About Magpie Ducks

There is a false urban legend that people think a duck’s quack doesn’t echo.  It actually does echo.

A duck’s bill is quite unique in its spatulate shape and helps the birds crush food similar to teeth, although they do not actually have teeth.

The nests is protected by the male magpie who will chase away predators and other ducks.

Magpie ducks have 3 eyelids which help them see clear in water, and that third eyelid acts like windshield wipers constantly wiping the eyes clean.

All domestic ducks are decendants from the Muscovy or Mallard Duck. 

Magpie-Duck-Bill-Bean

Bean

The small round bump on the end of a duck’s bill is called a “bean.”  It is used to catch insects and for defense. It is like a fingernail and can break and grow back.  It can also get overgrown if i doesn’t have a natural habitat with something to grind it down on.

Eyes wide Open

Magpie ducklings are born or hatched with their eyes open and can leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.

  • Conservation Status: Threatened

Annual Eggs

Nutritional Eggs

The eggs of a Magpie Duck hold twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg and stay fresh longer because of their thick shell.

Unique Cleaning

A unique thing about Magpie Ducks is the way the clean themselves.  They can turn their heads completely around and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.

Webbed Feet

Like most ducks, the magpie has webbed feet.  Interestingly their feet do not feel cold even when swimming in icy water.  Their feet makes them waddle instead of walk. They have a heat exchange system stemming from the warm blood flow down the leg which meets the cold blood and warms up the feet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do they Eat?

Magpie-Ducks-FAQ's-Eating

Magpie Ducks will graze for a large portion of their feed from seeds, grass, insects and aquatic life.  They often are searching for snails, insects and slugs.

Male or Female?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-Male-and-female

You can tell a male duck from a female quite easily.  The males are generally more colorful and they tend to have two feathers that curl on their tail.

When do Eggs Hatch?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-Eggs-Hatch

It generally takes from 25-28 days for Magpie Duck eggs to hatch.  The female will lay around 6-8 eggs and sit on them to keep them warm until they can be brought into the world.

Are they Aggressive?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-aggressive

Magpie ducks are generally quite docile animals, although they can be a bit aggressive if they are protecting their eggs or babies. 

How Long do They Live?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-lifespan

Magpie Ducks will live to be around 9-12 years old.  They will lay between 215-300 large white eggs annually.

Waterproof Feathers?

There is a preen gland that is near their tail.  They rub the oil it produces on their feathers and beaks that give them a sort of waterproof nature.  The feathers also keep them from cold temperatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do they Eat?

Magpie-Ducks-FAQ's-Eating

Magpie Ducks will graze for a large portion of their feed from seeds, grass, insects and aquatic life.  They often are searching for snails, insects and slugs.

When do Eggs Hatch?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-Eggs-Hatch

It generally takes from 25-28 days for Magpie Duck eggs to hatch.  The female will lay around 6-8 eggs and sit on them to keep them warm until they can be brought into the world.

How Long do They Live?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-lifespan

Magpie Ducks will live to be around 9-12 years old.  They will lay between 215-300 large white eggs annually.

Male or Female?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-Male-and-female

You can tell a male duck from a female quite easily.  The males are generally more colorful and they tend to have two feathers that curl on their tail.

Are they Aggressive?

Magpie-Ducks---FAQ's-aggressive

Magpie ducks are generally quite docile animals, although they can be a bit aggressive if they are protecting their eggs or babies. 

Waterproof Feathers?

There is a preen gland that is near their tail.  They rub the oil it produces on their feathers and beaks that give them a sort of waterproof nature.  The feathers also keep them from cold temperatures.

Wet Feather

Ducks have a gland in their feathers that produces oil, keeping them near waterproof.  If the duck doesn’t gain enough access to water, it can’t clean off the mud or dirt on their feathers and keep this oily coating.  If the duck’s gland stops producing the oil they can get waterlogged and stay wet long after the duck gets out of water. 

The duck can become cold and and unable to stay warm if the outer feathers and the down underneath feathers stay wet as well.  This will cause the duck to avoid water completely, causing them not to be able to clean the mud that they constantly come in contact with. When they can’t clean the mud, their produced oil will become ineffective.   When this happens, parasites begin living in the feathers and the duck will over preen itself trying to keep clean.  

Treatment

  • Bring the duck indoors and wash them in water and Dawn dish soap.  Make sure to rinse well and even blow dry the duck before putting them back outside.
    • This removes the oil and dirt and allows them to start over producing new oil with clean feathers.
  • Keep the duck from swimming for a couple of days.  Then they can begin short swims. Finally you will notice that their waterproofing is back and normal water activity can begin.

** If the treatment does not work, you may need to let the duck molt and grow new feathers before giving them access to water completely. 

** You can also add some black strap molasses or Nutri-drench to their feed that will help the duck get the nutrients and vitamins needed to recover.

Wet Feather

The duck can become cold and and unable to stay warm if the outer feathers and the down underneath feathers stay wet as well.  This will cause the duck to avoid water completely, causing them not to be able to clean the mud that they constantly come in contact with. When they can’t clean the mud, their produced oil will become ineffective.   When this happens, parasites begin living in the feathers and the duck will over preen itself trying to keep clean.  

Treatment

Bring the duck indoors and wash them in water and Dawn dish soap.  Make sure to rinse well and even blow dry the duck before putting them back outside.

This removes the oil and dirt and allows them to start over producing new oil with clean feathers.

Keep the duck from swimming for a couple of days.  Then they can begin short swims. Finally you will notice that their waterproofing is back and normal water activity can begin.

** If the treatment does not work, you may need to let the duck molt and grow new feathers before giving them access to water completely. 

** You can also add some black strap molasses or Nutri-drench to their feed that will help the duck get the nutrients and vitamins needed to recover.

Wet Feather

The duck can become cold and and unable to stay warm if the outer feathers and the down underneath feathers stay wet as well.  This will cause the duck to avoid water completely, causing them not to be able to clean the mud that they constantly come in contact with. When they can’t clean the mud, their produced oil will become ineffective.   When this happens, parasites begin living in the feathers and the duck will over preen itself trying to keep clean.  

Treatment

Bring the duck indoors and wash them in water and Dawn dish soap.  Make sure to rinse well and even blow dry the duck before putting them back outside.

This removes the oil and dirt and allows them to start over producing new oil with clean feathers.

Keep the duck from swimming for a couple of days.  Then they can begin short swims. Finally you will notice that their waterproofing is back and normal water activity can begin.

** If the treatment does not work, you may need to let the duck molt and grow new feathers before giving them access to water completely. 

** You can also add some black strap molasses or Nutri-drench to their feed that will help the duck get the nutrients and vitamins needed to recover.

  

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