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How long until muscovy hen leaves her babies?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jdywntr, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I've had ducklings hatch out before but due to many things (moving etc), I've never had them for more than 6-8 weeks.

    How long can I expect my current mom to remain with her, now 6 week old, ducklings? She still sleeps on the floor of the coop with them and tries to referee the little drakelings arguements. She still gets upset when I come too close. I did catch her in the nest yesterday pulling in more nesting material but I'm pretty sure she hasn't started laying yet.

    I know if I take ducklings away, then mom will go back to laying quicker but I want all of my birds to be able to brood and raise their own.

    Except, for the now 3, little boogers who are feather picking who are sleeping in the garage and have a daytime pen. [​IMG] Annoying little boogers (all drakelings who are picking at the ducklings) making me work harder. :)
     
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    Valntyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My only experience thus far (we've only had one hatching) found the mama staying with her 'babies' until they were in their teens. *chuckle* I don't think I'll be much help answering. [​IMG]
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can the drake be with her? that will usually start the process of weaning that so sweet my girls have never stayed with their ducklings that long 3 weeks at the most.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, 3 weeks. Mom and babies have had the ability to come and go from the coop and the brooder I set up for them in it for about 1 month. Dad goes off with the other girls to the creek or to wander about. Mom keeps the babies relatively close to the coop and the fenced run (there is a small door in the fence so that the birds can go out to range) she takes them out for a bit to range but I don't think they've gone as far as the woods yet, thats where the creek is.

    Maybe its the weather? We had a week of rain (all day long, every day 2 weeks ago) and have had freezing temps and snow.
     
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    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other ideas on when she'll leave them? She is very protective still.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds to me like your just going to have to be patient . She is one good mama congrats.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again Miss Lydia.
    I don't care that she is still with them but I kind of feel bad for her. Its like she's missing out on foraging, swimming in the creek, etc. She rarely even gets in the kiddie pool to bathe. She's looking a bit of a mess, I don't know if its from sleeping on the ground or if its from protecting her babies (who are almost her size) from everyone, me the 18 chickens, the other ducks, the dogs.

    I'd think I'd want a break from baby duty after 24/7 for 6.5 weeks. [​IMG] I've thought about scooting her out with the other adults and locking up the babies but I know they'd peep their little heads off and she'd freak out not being able to get to them. But, I guess I'd rather this than a bad mom. [​IMG]
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Yes be thankful, when she has had enough and feels they are ready to be on their own, she'll let them know. You'd think she'd be ready to send them on their way. I have never had a mama duck stay that long with their ducklings.
     
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL

    Today for the first time, some of the ducklings stayed behind when mom took everyone out. Later, during a rain shower, mom had everyone inside and some came out in the yard without her. Maybe they are going to leave the nest before she kicks them out. [​IMG] It was mostly drakelets that did things without her, only 1 ducklet. Hmmm.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It's a start. she must have empty nest syndrome. Maybe some counseling would help. [​IMG]
     

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