First Muscovies about to hatch & need to be moved

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by keeperofthehearth, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have 3 broody Muscovy ducks w/eggs due to hatch at the end of this month or first few days of May. The ducks are nesting in plastic bins in the chicken shed. We are in the final stages of completing a duck house for them located approx. 300' away outside the fenced in chicken yard.
    Should we try moving them & the nest boxes before the ducklings hatch? I'm concerned that the ducks will abandon the nests/eggs and am considering we wait until the ducklings hatch. Plus, you just get a little too close to those nests and those girls "bite"! If we do wait until they hatch how difficult is it going to be to round all those ducks/ducklings up and get them over to their new quarters? We have broody chooks in the shed also w/peeps running around under your feet. [​IMG]
    I don't want to be borrowing trouble but [​IMG] How do we make this move w/the least amount of turmoil for ALL involved?
    Anyone have to do this before? Advice? Thanks!

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