just getting some this evening that are advertised as adolescent. I am wondering, seasonally, what development schedule should I expect. Might they be broody in spring? How often will they go broody? I live in western Oregon.
I'm confused. Yours go broody if you collect the eggs? Can you elaborate? My Muscovy free range and I have had a heck of a time training them to go to the coop. I have a couple that will not lay in the coop, they would rather lay in the crawl space under our house. That works out fine if I want them to hatch their eggs but is a bummer since I want to collect the eggs. For the record, I thought t HD at I had the crawl space sealed up but they found a way in. I have had a few to lay in the prepared nesting boxes in the coop. I feel like a thief taking their eggs because they are so protective. I am concerned that if they are so traumatized by me stealing their eggs that they may start laying outside or somewhere that I can't find. In my experience the hens catch on to my egg collection and will begin to set on any eggs that they lay to protect them. I have been adding a couple of fake eggs as was suggested by some friends on here to encourage them to keep laying. One of my hens was laying very regularly, one egg a day, but then after laying a dozen she started to sit on the last egg along with the two fake eggs. It was as though she was keeping count and after laying a dozen she went broody. Can ducks count? I took the real egg and observed to see what she would do. She sat on the fake eggs for a few days until I finally removed the eggs and the entire nest. Only then did she feel relieved of her duties to sit. I am trying to master collecting eggs from my muscovy but feel that it is an uphill battle with the way that they go broody and try to hide their nests. Can you share your set up and experience? Are you Muscovy penned or do they free range? Where do they lay? Do they try to hide their nests or do they nest in places that you provide?Most of mine go broody 2-3 times a season if I collect the eggs. If I let them raise some it may be once depending on time of year.