Best broody ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dances with Ducks, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. [​IMG] I'm interested in getting a hen to hatch out some eggs rather than using an incubator. I know the bantam ducks have the best reputation for going broody, but I wonder if people could tell me their experiences with their ducks going broody. Which breeds have you seen go broody and hatch out eggs? How many clutches a year did they do?
  2. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Muscovy have always been our best broody ducks. The hens do two or three clutches a year each with up to twenty ducklings per clutch. I have used them to hatch chicken eggs also although I've never let them raise the chicks they hatch for me.
  3. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    Nothin's broodier then a Muscovie!
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2009
  4. yup a Muscovy for sure !
  5. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    Yes, you'll never find anything more broody than a muscovy!
  6. Muscovy's! Thanks! Wow three clutches! Do the eggs taste about the same? How big are they compared to my Khaki Campbell and Runner hens? They would get along with them just like other ducks right?

    Anybody have any quirky luck with lightweight breeds going broody?
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Muscovy hens would tend to be larger then Khaki Campbell and Runner hens, but the drakes are HUGE about 50% larger than the hens. They are vigorous mates and nothing with feathers is safe from Moscovy rape (Including my large geese). Even if you only get hens they are sure to rule the rest of the ducks since they are great fighters and the sharp claws that they have for roosting are much better weapons than your other ducks have (unless you have bought them guns:D)
    The reason three clutches can happen is that stay "in season" thru warm weather except when they are broody or have young ducklings underfoot.
    The eggs are very large @ 30oz/doz while grade A large chicken eggs are 24 oz/doz my personal opinion is that they taste great. Both Khaki Campbells and Runners were bred for egg production, and going broody is counter productive since they don't lay while they are broody.
  8. Quote:I feel a little nervous about Muscovies because of the claws and the size. I am interested in using a broody to incubate Khakis and/or Welsh Harlequins, so I would need to be getting under the hen to put in wanted eggs and remove unwanted eggs. And adding an aggressive duck doesn't appeal to me, that's a major reason I am trying to get rid of one of my drakes.
    Maybe I should look again at the bantam breeds. My only problem with them is they tend to be very loud, and I live in a city.
  9. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Yes maybe you should. If you are planning to go under a Muscovy hen while she is setting I strongly recommend Thick Long gloves that go up to the elbow. As well as the claws I mentioned they also bite as well as any duck or goose. I'm not saying that meek sweet Muscovy hens don't exist, it is just not the normal thing for the breed If you know someone with a sizeable flock you might be able to find one there. PS the hens usually fly very well unless you keep a wing clipped.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2009
  10. ilroost

    ilroost Songster

    Jan 14, 2007
    weldon il.
    no incubator here never need it i just stick my eggs under the mucovey hens

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