Originally Posted by Miss Lydia
Either or, one can care for the ones that hatch first most likely the one brooding the longest and the other will sit till next eggs hatch. OR they will fight and ducklings will get trampled to death. I have never had any of my Muscovy females share a next of eggs they do not want any other duck close to them or the nest while sitting and you best not come close after hatch either. I don't know what to tell you it may work out and it may not. If mine I'd take all the newest eggs [hopefully you marked them] and put the new broody in a closed space and then some how enclose the oldest broody in with her eggs with food and water. If the newest one doesn't stay then chalk it up to a learning experience and most likely once the ducklings hatch with the oldest brooder she'll go broody again. They love to brood.
Oh my goodness just realized who I am speaking to. Great to see you!
Hello Miss Lydia! I almost private messaged you with these questions, but decided not to since you probably have all kinds of people who as you for advice.
Happy you responded to my post!
These two are sisters and they're our only muscovies, so you can imagine they're thick as thieves. I have tried putting up chicken wire in the coop to keep all other ducks away from the first one that went broody and the other muscovy kept getting in with her somehow to spend the nights with her! And now they both just want to sit on this same nest 24/7! If I separate them I am going to have to really make the setup intruder-proof somehow. If I can figure it out, I will do that. I would rather be safe than sorry.
I didn't mark the new ones because I didn't know if the 2nd gal would stay on them - but the older ones are marked. Whew!