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Muscovy Hatch Winter

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DysPatter, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. DysPatter

    DysPatter Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello BYC,
    Seeking wisdom from experienced Muscovy owners.
    My hen has set and the eggs are hatching. Its the end of January in the Ozarks. I am concerned for the ducklings with the temperatures due to dip back into the 20s by tomorrow. It has been in the mid 60s for the last 3 days.

    The nest is located in a plastic tote (10 or 12 gallon size) with a lot of ventilation holes drilled through the upper quarter of 3 sides, and a good size doorway opening cut into the 4th side. (The lid is on.)
    The nest box is located in a small garden shed, approximately 8' x 12'.
    The entire floor is covered with pine shavings, and pine shavings make up the nest itself.
    There is a heat lamp approximately 18 inches from the lid of the nesting box, and offset so that the center of the light bulb aligns with the edge of the box. Not keen to have used the heat lamp, but the temperature was in the single digits, so the decision was made to provide the additional heat.

    I can always bring the ducklings to a brooder inside the house. I strongly prefer that the ducklings stay with the mother hen. She is an experienced mommy Muscovy, and she is a very good mommy.

    Thoughts?
    Wisdom?
    Advise?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @DysPatter How many ducklings have hatched. If she can keep them all warm and you can keep them out of water they maybe okay I'd keep her and ducklings inside though when temps are that low. check the temp in your shed with heat lamp. Just so you know what the temp is and if it gets too low and you notice the ducklings having problems or mama isn't able to keep them all warm then you may have to step in and brood some. Most important is warmth food and fresh water and that they cannot get wet.

    Welcome to BYC and Congrats!
     
  3. DysPatter

    DysPatter Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.
    8 of 11 have hatched already. She is able to cover them all.
    The ducklings food and water is located approximately one foot from the entrance to the nest.
    I have placed momma duck's food and water slightly to the side and elevated up on landscaping bricks.
    The ducklings cannot enter into momma duck's water, but the tub is large enough for momma duck to hop in and take a bath.
    Should I remove the small tub and provide drinking water only for momma duck? Would water on her feathers be a safety concern for the ducklings? Or should I leave it be?
    She hasn't come off the nest since they started hatching, but she usually enjoys a warm bath every day about mid-morning. (I carry out a few gallons of warm water from the kitchen just for her.)
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @DysPatter I think for now mom can do with out water if she splashes like my Scovy's when they bathe the ducklings will be drenched. Once the weather stablizes and she starts bring them outside [if freezing keep them in ] then give her some bathing water but you'll have to really watch those ducklings or she'll have them right in the water with her. Good idea to have moms water up so duckling can't get into it.
    She is going to have her self a good time with these ducklings nothing more enjoyable than mamma and babies. Congrats!!


    Keep us updated please and of course pics when you can
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  5. DysPatter

    DysPatter Out Of The Brooder

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    Will do.
    Thank you very much for your help!
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Enjoy! [​IMG]
     

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