Introducing new muscovies to a flock?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DancingHen, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two muscovy hens that I use for slug patrol in my gardens. They do a great job in about half the garden, but the other half of the garden has been neglected by them. Living in the Pacific Northwest we have a huge abundance of slugs, so I am assuming that they are finding all the food they want without having to range deeper into the garden. So I am thinking about adding two more muscovy hens to the garden in the spring to see if they cover more ground that way. I know that introducing new hens to an existing chicken flock can be a pain, but I have never tried to introduce any new ducks to my girls. Can any more experienced muscovy/duck owners share their experience with me regarding introducing muscovy hens to one another? I would be wanting to add 2 more hens that are already old enough to be sure of gender and to free range the gardens. My ducks current housing situation is a 40 square foot wood duck house they sleep in at night, and access to forage in a half acre fenced garden all day. Thanks in advance for any input.
     
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    You shouldnt have any issues with adding new hens. They may go through a brief pecking order run but I cant see any other issues [​IMG]
     
  3. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I just introduced 3 new muscovy hens to my flock in September and everything worked out great, the younger girls respect the older ones.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  6. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all. I am decided now that I will add two new hens to the garden this spring. I just love my muscovies.
     

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