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Incubating Muscovy eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dadsdeercamp, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Can anyone give me a quick easy rundown on incubating Muscovy eggs I've never hatched duck eggs of any kind.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  3. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    What are the chances my duck will go broody and hatch them herself if I leave them alone?
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    You have drakes? usually it takes little to encourage Female Muscovy, i have another broody myself, personally they need an off switch but you can leave them i'd keep an eye, X them or what have you so you can see if she has added to them. They will sit when they reach whatever # they feel they desire.
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    which maybe up into the 20's so marking is a great idea so you can take out the oldest if you don't want 20-30 ducklings running around. And sorry I didn't know you had a duck for the bator I thought you just had gotten some eggs. [​IMG]
     
  6. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Well I hope she hatches them she has 4 as of this morning. She is laying them in an indent in the dirt should I put some straw under them?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    If she is out in the open without protection from preds she may not live to hatch any eggs. Sorry to be so blunt but just read about your losing all but 3 hens to dogs. They don't always make the best decisions about where to nest, sometimes we have to step in and convince them other wise or get rid of the nest for their own safety.
     
  8. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    I have a male and a female the nest is in the run I have them in so they are safe.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Okay good to hear. a sitting duck is just that. I'd put out nesting material for her close by and let her pick what she wants to use. leaves ,straw etc. she'll even pull out some of her own feathers to add to the nest. Keep us updated and on how many she finally settles on.
     
  10. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Five eggs now :D
     

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