Do Male Muscovy have to be separated from new ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AlaskaItaly, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. AlaskaItaly

    AlaskaItaly Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two nests with about 15 eggs each coming up to being in the nests for 35 days.

    Will I have to separate my male from them?

    I notice the 'girls' get real fussy when he is close to their nests - and he pecks under them. Will he hurt the babies?
     
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:probally, drakes usually are not good parents and Moscovies about the worst partly because the duck is smaller than the drake and it is hard for her to protect young from him. they can and will kill ducklings!
     
  3. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    He shouldn't be fussing with the nests. [​IMG] They can hurt the ducklings. Your best bet if you are unsure of your drake being around the little ones is to separate them for about 2 wks. It does allow the momma Scovy to take care of herbabies without dealing w/a roudy drake wanting to breed her and possibly squishing a few babies. After two weeks the ducklings are big enough to get out of the way of the drake. You can also try some supervised visiting so you can gage the "daddyness" of your drake and how he reacts to the ducklings. I usually leave my drake w/hens and ducklings BUT I do supervise carefully for awhile till I'm sure the drake is going to behave and be a dad not a cad. I also run my drake off if he tries to breed the momma Scovies until the ducklings are at least two weeks - 1mo. old. IF your drake breaks the Scovy moms broodiness too soon by breeding her she will leave her ducklings and not mother & protect them.
     
  4. ilovemuscovy

    ilovemuscovy Out Of The Brooder

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    not only should you separate them from the drakes, you should also separate them from other ducks. i've had ducks that have sat on eggs that didn't hatch and got jealous of the other duck's babies.. so they grabbed them by the neck and strangled them to death. beware.
     
  5. AlaskaItaly

    AlaskaItaly Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh NO!
     

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