Can muscovies see in the dark?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by K4zn4v3, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. K4zn4v3

    K4zn4v3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2010
    I use to use a red heat bulb in my ducks night box but I recently switched to a ceramic bulb. The ceramic bulb doesnt create any light so I am worried that they will not be able to find there way into the box when they are cold. The entrance to the night box is a 2 foot long wind tunnel that is 10''x 12'' inches. Their night pen and night box sit under thick trees so there is almost no light even when there is a full moon.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have no idea and I have 8 Muscovies [​IMG]
  3. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they can see in the dark.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I'm think they can see in the dark because most birds see well in the dark. But, my only muscovy example is mostly blind, anyway, so I can't be 100% sure about muscovies.
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I think they can. They sure can catch mosquitos in the dark anyway.
  6. jessylee

    jessylee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2010
    Very good question, I will subscribe to this topic, looking forward to hearing from someone with knowledge
  7. ilovemuscovy

    ilovemuscovy Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2010
    Los Angeles
    yes they can
    but not very well
    your ducks should be fine
  8. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    All I can say is that mine don't like the dark - I don't think ( as previous posts have said) that they see very well after nightfall - I know my Indian Runners won't come off of the mill pond at night once it gets dark, Muscovies don't seem so cautious and some of mine have been out all night and none of them have seemed concerned - but they have been safe on the river here - the only way I can get them home to their stables is to shine a bright light in the direction I want them to go - and then they are off... to safety!
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Mine have a night light in the house. Just in case they are afraid of the dark...[​IMG]
  10. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Mine will occasionally be out grazing at night with the other ducks and geese that get bored with sleeping the night away. Usually summer nights when it's cool enough to do things. I would assume they can see as well as we can in the dark.

    If nothing else, whenever I have to catch them at night they do a better job at dodging obstacles than I do.

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