how many do female muskovies hatch

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by birdboy508, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Songster

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    just wondering because ive got 2 females.[​IMG]
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  2. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Well it all depends. I've had a single mom hatch as many as 17. Right now I have one mama Muscovy that hatched 11 babies 3 weeks ago. Another mama Muscovy hatched 10 babies 3 weeks ago and another mama Muscovy hatched out 5 babies 5 weeks ago.

    I've had them hatch out as few as 1 and as many as 17. It depends on alot of factors. I will tell you one thing though, my hatch rate with the eggs is no where near as good as theirs is! [​IMG]

    Good luck!

  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    When we had our Chickenstock this year someone brought a mother muscovy and her 20 ducklings! She laid 21 eggs and only the one was a dud and all the ducklings survived.
  4. ian4379

    ian4379 Songster

    May 8, 2011
    apparently they can sit on up to 25 eggs. i dont let my girls sit on that many because its harder for them to look after that many and you get a poor hatch rate. i let my girls sit on 15 but they are sometimes sneaky and keep on laying to 20. i had 18 out of 20 hatch this year from a first time mum, not bad. on the other side of things i just had zero survive from 18 eggs last week:(

    be careful muscovy are trying to take over the world:lol: i had a five month old girl hatch eggs this season, it just crazy!
  5. farmdude

    farmdude Songster

    Sep 20, 2009
    NE Wisconsin
    Quote:[​IMG] holy shizzle!
  6. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Songster

    Oct 26, 2011
    my biggest hatch I've had so far was 22. Mine usually average between 12-20 with my smallest being 8 (that one was slacking lol). I've noticed my earlier spring hatches tend to be bigger, I suppose since they don't feel rushed to get sitting before too late like they do more towards fall. It's crazy when they pop out of the nest and you start counting and it never seems like you stop [​IMG]
  7. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    I plan on a 10 duckling average, thats not to say you can't have 30, or 3, its just a good over all average if your trying to book numbers at the inspection plant. If you pull the spring clutch off the hen when they are about 3-4 weeks old, she will hatch a summer clutch, and then you pull that one to get a fall clutch. Other wise you will get 2 clutches a year and cut your numbers considerably if you are going to production.
  8. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    One of my muscovy hens hatched out 19 the first hatch of the spring. Later hatches were smaller. When she hatched 19, there was either one or two eggs that didn't hatch.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Too many. [​IMG]
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    My first hen hatched out 24, second hen 14, third hen 11...then they all hatched a second batch later on. Oh and I only lost 5 through it all.

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