An abandoned muscovy hatchling

GottaBeIrish

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Aug 13, 2016
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Hey everyone, I was just wanting to give an update on the muscovy duckling that was abandoned in our barn yesterday. The story starts with a mama muscovy laying her eggs on the top of our hay bails that we feed the cows with, and next thing you know she has laid 8 eggs! Which in my opinion seems to be a large hatch. But a few days ago we peeked up there to check on mama and the eggs. They weren't eggs any more :)! Yesterday I went to go check and see how she was doing. She and the chicks were gone, mama had gotten her ducklings down off of the 7 foot pile of hay bails. All but one. Who seemed to have hatched after she had left.
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I checked to make sure it hadnt died from being too cold. I qaited an hour to see if the mama had come back and she hadnt. So I took matter's into my own hands and made a little brooding box for the little one.
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as you can see in the picture it has a sibling that didn't seem to make it out of the egg, or it was just infertile. But now I am happy to be taking on the responsibility of being a mother. (I'm a guy) haha many more updates to come as we go on this little muscovy adventure
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Gray Farms

Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock
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The hen may take it if you offer it to her. I'd try it. I've done it a few times. Either put out near her or put it under her in the night. Want to do it asap though.
 

Gray Farms

Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock
5 Years
Apr 11, 2016
14,349
19,103
647
NW Missouri
Guess its yer baby now. Muscovys are tough and grow fast. 3-4 weeks and they won't need a heat lamp if it stays over 60 at night. You may already know this, just saying.
 

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