Keeping Muscovy Ducks is Now Illegal


| 3/31/2010 2:11:40 PM


Tags: poultry, ducks,

We recently received an e-mail from a reader who’s concerned about new regulations from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would make owning or selling Muscovy ducks illegal — unless the ducks were specifically intended for use as food. The regulation doesn’t seem to account for small farmers, fancy poultry breeders or people who keep backyard flocks. Muscovy ducks provide wonderful natural pest control, and they’re great at hatching eggs and raising ducklings. What can you do to change the regulation so you can keep them legally? Here’s the e-mail:


Yesterday I came across info on a poultry forum that a new law went into effect that will make it illegal to raise Muscovy ducks. The Migratory Birds Division of the Fish and Wildlife Service adopted a rule to deal with problematic feral populations of Muscovy ducks in certain areas. Apparently, the Muscovies are protected as migratory birds, so people in some areas were prohibited from controlling these ducks without a new rule. The FWS lumps domesticated Muskovies in with native wild migratory ducks rather than domestic livestock.

From comments on the forum, Dr. George Allen (Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) is now aware of the widespread domestication of Muscovies and is somewhat agreeable to revising these rules.

More people need to be made aware of this situation so that their voices can be heard and taken into account in the revision of these rules.



This is an extremely time-sensitive issue and the poultry community is just now learning about it.

whatzfordinner
1/31/2019 4:35:39 PM

regarding regulation of Muscovy ducks, here's how it reads today at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: - Muscovy Ducks: You do not need a federal permit to raise and sell captive-reared muscovy ducks (See 50 CFR 21.54 ). Release of Muscovy ducks outside their natural ranges is prohibited. link to above text on actual webpage https://www.fws.gov/pacific/migratorybirds/permits/wsad.html


whatzfordinner
1/31/2019 4:33:32 PM

regarding regulation of Muscovy ducks, here's how it reads today at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: - Muscovy Ducks: You do not need a federal permit to raise and sell captive-reared muscovy ducks (See 50 CFR 21.54 ). Release of Muscovy ducks outside their natural ranges is prohibited. link to above text on actual webpage https://www.fws.gov/pacific/migratorybirds/permits/wsad.html


whatzfordinner
1/31/2019 4:33:31 PM

regarding regulation of Muscovy ducks, here's how it reads today at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: - Muscovy Ducks: You do not need a federal permit to raise and sell captive-reared muscovy ducks (See 50 CFR 21.54 ). Release of Muscovy ducks outside their natural ranges is prohibited. link to above text on actual webpage https://www.fws.gov/pacific/migratorybirds/permits/wsad.html






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