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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

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    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.

    Questions:
    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

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

    ChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    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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