1st time on BYC, not the 1st time owning Scovies...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NITKA, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. NITKA

    NITKA New Egg

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    Salutations!
    I'm a Muscovy steward/keeper/owner/dad from the PNW, Washington to be exact!
    This is my first ever post on BYC, however when i was younger (ages 10-16) my mom frequented this site when my family first got into poultry. I've raised bantam chickens, muscovies, standard size chickens, indian runners and currently i keep a flock of 8 muscovies. 4 of the are chocolates, and i just picked up 4 new ones yesterday. All are approx. 5 months old. So far, I'm quite sure I have at least one drake, perhaps two. the 4 new ones i picked up yesterday are white with a little black crest on one, and the others are that real nice black-teal with spots of white and slight gold lacing on their breasts. I'm unfamiliar with all 'types' of muscovies, i've seen 'celtic' and 'french white' and of course i know chocolate...id love a link to a list of the types! I live on about 8 acres and they reside in a fenced in pen which i let the out of to roam and forage during most days. they have access to a 40ft pond thats about 2-3 feet deep, plenty of buggies and i keep duck food and an in-ground koi pond for them in their pen, along with a hutch. all have been healthy, i purchased my 1st four at about a month old, and the 4 i scored yesterday are perhaps slightly older than the ones i already had.
    I figured i'd start posting on here, to keep the community updated with my birds and as an outlet to talk all about them because i absolutely LOVE these birds, i fell in love with the breed when i owned them before at about age 13, i'm 24 now and have a reawakened passion for them.
    More updates as they grow and life goes on, and i'll post pictures soon also!!!
    All have been healthy and i haven't had any problems whatsoever, save for a death yesterday of one of my 2 original drakes...i had been doing great untill yesterday morning, when i go to feed them in the morning they usually crowd around my feet and i have to walk slowly as so not to step on them, but when i fill their food bowl they all scatter out of the way before rushing it, as they know i usually put treats in it like cracked corn or ripped up tortillas (which they LOVE) and i noticed that this big guy didn't move...he just lay their, kinda slumped over like a sickly chicken on a cold day, so i carefully picked him up (he didn't budge, and he's usuallly a real sensitive guy who doesn't care for being handled) and right away i figures something was wrong. Now, at the peak of my 'birding' if you will, i had 200+ chickens, i got real used to the 'randon bird death so i wasn't TOO shocked at this, but i wont say i wasn't severly bummed to see this!!
    Funny thing is, I saw him laying with the rest of my (at the time) 5-bird flock and then walked into my house for barely 30 minutes. When i came back outside, to go pickup my new duckies actually, he was dead next to the rest of the live duckies!!
    I felt a lil bad for the rest of them, it seemed slightly morbid.
    He is gone so no necropsy is in the plan, it was puzzling though...my guess, the gal i bought them from may have unknowingly allowed some inbreeding to occur and perhaps he had a heart, blood, or neurological condition.Bummer though. Feel free to chime in if you feel like it.
     
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    @NITKA , welcome to BYC!

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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    We might be confusing Nikita, when I think our new Muscovy person is @NITKA [​IMG]

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/130753/muscovy-keepers-share-your-pics

    Sad for your loss, NITKA, welcome to BYC. Again. (c:

    Without a necropsy, so difficult to know. With females, egg yolk peritonitis or other oviduct problems can be to blame. With older drakes, sometimes they have reproductive issues, too.
     
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    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    That auto-fill is great, when it works.[​IMG]
     
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    It also helps if my eyes work! [​IMG]

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    Yes, well, umm - your eyes work very hard helping dozens of people out, all the time. [​IMG]
     
  9. NITKA

    NITKA New Egg

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    Thanks for the warm welcome all!!
    Yeah, after so many years of working with birds...things like necropsies get to a point of 'why even bother' IMHO, just because birds are such fragile little creatures at times, things happen so suddenly that its hard to tell. i guess i figured if it was something common perhaps something would turn up. This lil guy seemed 'off' from the get go. No matter from here on out if it was due to inbreeding, i plan to be meticulous when mine are old enough to breed so as not to allow any funky stuff to swim around in the gene pool.
     

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