Seeking wisdom from experienced Muscovy owners.
My hen has set and the eggs are hatching. Its the end of January in the Ozarks. I am concerned for the ducklings with the temperatures due to dip back into the 20s by tomorrow. It has been in the mid 60s for the last 3 days.
The nest is located in a plastic tote (10 or 12 gallon size) with a lot of ventilation holes drilled through the upper quarter of 3 sides, and a good size doorway opening cut into the 4th side. (The lid is on.)
The nest box is located in a small garden shed, approximately 8' x 12'.
The entire floor is covered with pine shavings, and pine shavings make up the nest itself.
There is a heat lamp approximately 18 inches from the lid of the nesting box, and offset so that the center of the light bulb aligns with the edge of the box. Not keen to have used the heat lamp, but the temperature was in the single digits, so the decision was made to provide the additional heat.
I can always bring the ducklings to a brooder inside the house. I strongly prefer that the ducklings stay with the mother hen. She is an experienced mommy Muscovy, and she is a very good mommy.