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Advise wanted: Use Muscovies as Broodies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickFarmer, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    Muscovie hens can brood 20 ducklings at a time, and ducklings are quite a bit bigger than chicks. I'll be brooding three batches of one hundred layer chicks this spring and summer. A farm in the area is selling adult muscovies. I can keep them away from the pond till the chicks are chickens.

    Has anyone else done this?
    Can I get them to go broody with dummy eggs at this time of year?
    How many chicks can each one handel?
    How should the nests be set up?
    How long do I have to let them set before adding chicks?

    I got the idea because a friend of mine got muscovie ducklings that were almost fully feathered and some mix breed downy ducklings one of the muscovy ducklings brooded the mix breed ducks. Now that's what I call a broody.
  2. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    i dont really know. can you do some research on google?
  3. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I found info on using them to hatch duck eggs of other breeds but not how to use them as foster mothers.

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