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

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

  1. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    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

    Apr 9, 2009
    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

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    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

    MDC Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    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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