I got 3 Muscovy hens with their nests today....now what?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by doodledoo, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

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    I have had some drakes but I got three hens today with their eggs/nests. I have candled the eggs and many of them are developing. How/where do I make their nest and get them to accept them again? Will the drakes help keep them home?
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009
  2. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

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    If you leave the drakes with the hens they will probably very likely, destroy the eggs/nests trying to breed with the hens. If any do make it they might even kill the ducklings. I would assume moving a mother duck and her eggs would cause her to stop setting. Not sure though.

    Good luck, but keep them separate from the drakes.
     
  3. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

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    u cant, they wont sit unless its where they origionally laid the eggs, its probably oo late now, but you should try to incubate them
     
  4. MDC

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    I'm not optimistic they'll accept the nest now, either.

    Best thing you can do is put them in a very, very small cage with their eggs where they really have little choice but to set. Muscovy are not like chickens that you can move as broodies fairly successfully.
     

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