Help!! Muscovy wont give up being broody!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DWilkins, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. DWilkins

    DWilkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Muscovy has been broody now for about a month.We have taken eggs away,even when she wants to sit on the Blue Swedish hen's eggs which are non fertilized. We have broken up the nest several times,shut the door to the coop so she has to stay out with the other duck and Silkies, but yet she continues to want to sit in the coop.She is very nasty to us and when she does come out she chases the Blue Swedish around and even bites and picks at her. Before she was submissive to the Swedish, even acting like the Swedish is the drake... very strange.
    How do we get her to come out and be part of the group again? Winter will be here soon and she is missing out on the warm days where she is able to free range sitting in the coop.
     
  2. hazy d

    hazy d Just Hatched

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    Your Muscovy sounds like mine. I'm having a similar problem.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have 2 Muscovy's right now brooding on nothing and I find the best thing to do is just let it run it's course. at day 36 I make them come out close the door and leave them out all day once I do that a few days they are usually over it. But remember it takes 35 days for Scovy eggs to hatch so @DWilkins you have a few days to go yet. As for them being hateful that is just part of being a broody mine come out looking like sumo wrestlers run around chasing everyone then get something to eat ,jump in the pool , poop the most awful smelling stuff there ever was then go back to sitting
    Gotta love them broody's lol

    @hazy d and @DWilkins Welcome to BYC and the wonderful world of broody ducks LOL
     
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  4. hazy d

    hazy d Just Hatched

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    Oh,no - lol! Not looking forward to a month of this! Our two Muscovy's were so sweet and have turned into little monsters! They are relentless after one particular sweet chicken, Myrtle. We're afraid we may have to separate her from them until they get over this - she's got some bloody sores on her leg. They chase her, clamp onto her feathers, pin her down with their feet, and then it looks like they are preening her!?? Does that sound typical?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Wow they are carrying it to extremes, Poor Myrtle needs a way to escape. Yes separate her from the 2 hormonal meanies. My chickens can thankfully get away from my 2 they have learned. lol
     
  6. DWilkins

    DWilkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the responses! We are very close to 35 days.Whew....! My once loving girl has turned into the satan's spawn! lol...Daffine ( the Blue Swedish) will be so happy once she (Dorrie) returns to her normal ,slow moving,submissive self.I feel so bad for her because she wants to be a momma so badly.With no drakes around ,that will not be happening.She has lost weight from sitting and with winter just around the corner I worry.You are correct about the doo doo.She comes out for a break and leaves a pile bigger then my dogs! ugh.lol
    Hopefully when this is over ,the chain of command will return to normal :)
    Denise
     
  7. DWilkins

    DWilkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot!
    I have been told that Muscovy's are excellent mothers and will actually sit on other eggs. We put two eggs that were fertilized from our Silkie hoping she would hatch them, instead she ate them! Why would she do that? Did she sense that they were not hers? She will sit on the other ducks eggs ,but not the Silkies. Odd.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't know about the Silkie eggs unless she was just plain hungry, but it doesn't always work out anyway because chicken eggs just aren't tough enough for a duck to sit on. they can break easily with the weight of the ducks and her moving them around. Muscovy's are excellent brooders of other s eggs and their own and excellent mothers too.
     
  9. DWilkins

    DWilkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We actually saw her carry it out and eat it... hahaha! She has calcium ,,,but just preferred the real thing I guess. Ahhh the goofy things out pets do :)
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Yep they can be down right nutty. lol
     

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