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

doodledoo

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Feb 29, 2008
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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?
 
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taraann81

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Apr 9, 2009
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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.
 

MDC

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Jan 17, 2008
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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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