1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Muscovy Ducks Switching Nests

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by muscuvy-gal, May 26, 2016.

  1. muscuvy-gal

    muscuvy-gal New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    May 11, 2016
    I gave six Muscovy hens sitting eggs in my yard. This is my 5th year raising Scovies but this is the first time I have had hens switch nests a week before hatching is due. I picked up the hens and placed them on their corrects nests but within an hour they had switched again. This is the 3rd day of them sitting on the wrong nests.

    Will they reject the ducklings that are not from their nests or does it matter which nest they hatch??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    61,966
    3,670
    646
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It doesn't matter which nest they hatch. I only hope that all do not abandon their nests when the first ducklings hatch. Are the nests very close together?
     
  3. muscuvy-gal

    muscuvy-gal New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    May 11, 2016
    The nests are about 15 feet apart in an iris bed, separated by tall iris leaves.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    61,966
    3,670
    646
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hopefully that will be far enough that they are not impacted by the sounds of hatching ducklings.
     
  5. muscuvy-gal

    muscuvy-gal New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    May 11, 2016
    Thanks.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by