MUSCOVY DUCK SERVICES
How do we catch the Muscovy ducks?
What happens after Humane Animal Removal catches the ducks?
The state of Florida laws on Muscovy ducks created and governed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission FFWC mandates that all exotic ducks or geese after capture are to be euthanized or taken to a location where they will never be let free. That would be a farm which we have access to take most or all of the ducks.
Can you stop the ducks from entering my property?
As long as you have people feeding ducks, you will continue to have them around. There are several ways to slow the duck population down.
- We recommend cleaning up all of your shrubs by removing the lower branches, this will discourage them to nest in that area.
- We can offer you wildlife exclusion services that are based on your property needs. If a fence is needed to discourage them from entering your residence, we will erect it for you.
- Encourage people who are feeding them to stop completely. If preventing them to to stop is not possible then have the feeder’s feed on the furthest part of the property away from yours. This method should help with fewer ducks gathering on your property.
How many times do you come out to remove the Muscovy’s?
Two days. In two days of netting to capture the ducks we will have caught most if not all of them. We will also remove any eggs for a nominal fee. Ducks are smart animals, when they see us catching others, they will become leery of us and the nets.
We have been catching ducks for over 31 years and we have learned that it is best to cycle two days in a row every month for about three months. Then do a capture session once every quarter or go out on an on call basis.
Some history on the Muscovy Ducks.
These ducks were brought over for both show and food; since then the muscovy duck has invaded south Florida canals and lakes to the point where their population is a serious concern to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Currently the bird is listed as “Migratory Status” by the US Fish and Wildlife Department.
Muscovy ducks quickly flourished in South Florida through our many waterways that are all interconnected and when not connected, they have no problem flying short distances to other areas. The ducks use our hundreds of miles of waterways to manoeuver all around South Florida. This canal traveling causes a problem of spreading their diseases to our native water fowl through inbreeding and overpopulating. Because of this, a special Florida Statue has been created which prohibits the release of the Muscovy duck into local neighborhoods.