Introducing Functional Rustic

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Functional Rustic, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Functional Rustic

    Functional Rustic Chirping

    Jan 3, 2018
    Dryden, Michigan

    Good morning Back Yard Chickens from Functional Rustic on this cold Michigan day. I joined the duck loving community back in May of 2017 when we got our Muscovy ducklings. Not only have I learned a lot about ducks; those quirky creatures inspired me to start my own repurposing business out of their barn. is my go to resource to read tips on keeping the ducks happy and healthy. I thought it was about time I make my own account so I can get involved in the discussions and get answers to my numerous duck questions.

    It is 3 degrees outside today and a very chilly 20 degrees in the barn with my 7 Muscovy ducks and a turkey. The barn isn't heated, obviously, so keeping the ducks alive and the water liquid has been the focus. My only heat source right now is 2 heat lamps. One above the water bowl and the other on the other side of the stall. Both are about 2.5 feet off the ground. I thought for sure they would huddle beneath it, but they are content up on their perches. The heat light does wonders for keeping the water liquid. I just refill the tub each morning and evening.

    Much to my surprise, my hens started laying eggs a few weeks ago. I didn't think they were old enough to start laying and it was below freezing! Add that to the ever growing list of surprising things the Muscovy do. In any case, Goldie is sitting on a clutch of at least 15 eggs. She is quite the broody gal. All the ducks seems protective of the eggs. Whenever I get near the nest they all start talking and wiggling their butts.

    Amelia Air Duck was sitting on a clutch of 20 before Christmas but abandoned the nest when it got cold. Actually, I thought she had abandoned them. She made her nest in an out building away from the barn around Thanksgiving. After sitting on the eggs for a few weeks she stopped sitting on them. Since it was getting to be consistently below freezing I moved Amelia Air Duck and her eggs to the barn with the rest of the ducks. She never went back to the nest. After candling the eggs I saw they were at different stages of development. I tried to hatch them myself - tried. They started to smell and were not growing at all so a few days ago I tossed them in the yard.


    The plan all along was to eat the duck eggs - but since I was not expecting them to lay eggs so early I was not looking for them. (The can hide them very well if they want to). Since I don't know how long the eggs have been laying around when I find them - I'm hesitant to eat them. I'm terrified of cracking open an egg and part of a duck comes out. So, I am just going to let them try to hatch the ducklings. I have a bunch of brooder boxes and am prepared to raise ducklings inside if they do hatch. Besides, I need to change my ratio of drakes to hens. My mom also has Muscovy who are laying eggs so the plan is to swap our ducklings and get more hens for our flocks.

    I love to talk about my feather babies so feel free to ask questions or leave your Muscovy stories. To find out more about my Muscovy Ducks check out our website at
    Teila, Hope Hughes, TwoCrows and 4 others like this.
  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  3. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The Wicked

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada
    Hello and welcome to BYC!! It’s so nice to have you join us. welcome.gif
    Happy-New-Year-High-Quality-clipart.png Wishing you the very best for 2018!!

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  4. chickencheeper

    chickencheeper Crowing

    Jun 4, 2017
    My Coop

    Hi functional rustic!

    A must have for your poultry is a FIRST AID KIT for any issues that would arise.
    It's definitely better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it.

    Also, make sure your coop(s) have a proper amount of VENTILATION. Your chickens will absolutely thank you for it!
    Ps those are some beautiful ducks you got!
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Welcome. I have been intrigued with Muscovy. I hear they are not as needy when it comes to wanting to "have a pond" as the Mallard types of ducks. Also that they are prone to perching, where the Mallard types are not. Correct? Are these ducks strictly pets for you, or will some of them eventually be invited to dinner?
  6. Functional Rustic

    Functional Rustic Chirping

    Jan 3, 2018
    Dryden, Michigan
  7. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC:frow we're so happy you've decided to join us:ya
  8. staceyj

    staceyj Enabler

    Jan 1, 2017
    Coastal NC
    My Coop
    :frow Hi and welcome to BYC! Cute ducks you have there!
    So glad you joined our flock!
  9. Functional Rustic

    Functional Rustic Chirping

    Jan 3, 2018
    Dryden, Michigan
    The ducks really are gorgeous! Thanks for noticing. I was told that essential oils are good for first aid on livestock.
    Those ducks really are amazing - so colorful. I was told that essential oils are good for first aid on live stock. Fortunately I have not needed to test it yet.
  10. Functional Rustic

    Functional Rustic Chirping

    Jan 3, 2018
    Dryden, Michigan
    Muscovy are more land based than the typical Mallard breed. Mine will play and swim in the water but only a couple times a day (warm weather of course, no pool now). The water seems to be more about bathing and drinking for them. Mine definitely perch - all day. They spent many a night on the roof of the barn.

    The plan was to keep them as pets and eat the eggs. However, we did not know the sex of the chicks when we got them and have way too many boys (5 drakes, 2 hens). We are taking the winter months to decide if we want to add more hens or remove some drakes. We know that we personally will not butcher them. That's why we have the turkey. We originally had 2 turkeys, but slaughtering the first one was kind of traumatizing and we couldn't bring ourselves to kill the second.

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