Muscovy breeding question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fivecardstudpts, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. fivecardstudpts

    fivecardstudpts Out Of The Brooder

    20
    0
    32
    Nov 23, 2011
    So, my muscovies have been breeding like crazy, but I haven't seen any eggs yet. How long does it usually take for hens to start laying?

    Also, anyone know what I could possibly get with these crosses? This is what I have for mating pairs so far..

    Gray barred drake and a chocolate ripple hen
    Lavander drake and grey barred hen
    My black and white drakes have gone after my other chocolate and Lavander hens, possibly my blue.
    Thanks
    Jessica
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    70,312
    6,162
    721
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    I can't answer your color questions but i can say from experience my 3 newest girls who are just now 8 months old and my youngest drake who is 9 months started mating a good 2 months before i saw any eggs. and my older girls ages 4 yrs. started to lay about a month after them. what age are your ducks? and this is the earliest any of my muscovy ducks have started to lay.
     
  3. fivecardstudpts

    fivecardstudpts Out Of The Brooder

    20
    0
    32
    Nov 23, 2011
    My youngest girls were born last October. My girls that's are currently being bred, are over a year old.
    Jessica
     
  4. ian4379

    ian4379 Chillin' With My Peeps

    267
    10
    101
    May 8, 2011
    Australia
    muscovy will start laying anywhere from 5 months onwards, most of the breed profiles say 7 months but it depends on the duck.

    colour wise have you used the muscovy colour calculator? it works good.

    when you say grey muscovy do you mean silver? they look grey but are called silver.

    silver into choc ripple = blues with half split for choc. if your drake carried chocolate the calculator says lilacs as well, which is probably blue fawn? some would be rippled as well i'm guessing.
    lavendar into silver = blue split for lav. i wouldnt mix blues and lavs, i've got a light lavendar(blue & lav) and i'm worried i wont be able to tell the difference between the silver and lavendar offspring
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by