- Apr 22, 2011
Everybody says muscovy are great mothers. We had our third muscovy hatch here today (). However, we had issues with each of the previous hatches, or more correctly after the hatch, so here is my question. Brownie (my first muscovy hen) had a brood of almost 20 adorable ducklings. They were healthy and adorable, but died within a week because she refused to stay with them. All of them died.The next hatch, she began to leave them again. After we lost the first one, I penned them all up. The rest did ok after that. Then, when they got bigger, she died protecting them from a dog.Her protective instinct just kicked in too late. It was a really sad day and the dog went to a new home. Brownie was a special duck. Anyhow, another duck has hatched babies and I am just wondering if Brownie's behavior was typical for muscovy and if I should go ahead and take the babies. Or was Brownie unusual in that way? She just gave them so much freedom so early that they got lost or died. I don't want to lose these cute babies but firmly believe that animals do better raised by mothers. So what does everyone think?