Muscovy hen laying in January!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kessel23, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    My 3 year old White Muscovy hen started he clutch very early last year, her first egg was laid on March 8th.
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    I gave it to my silkie hen to try and incubate, she never did though.
    Well anyways, yesterday I was putting fresh hay in the coop and saw the same muscovy hen checking out the nesting boxes, I thought that maybe it was because of the fesh hay but I had only ever seen her acting like that when she was getting ready to lay before so I was confused. Well today I found this in the hay-
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    Pretty much a clone of last year's egg. I would incubate it but there is a zero percent chance that it is fertile, the drakes aren't even mating yet it's so early. She has started laying before my Mallard derived ducks. Every other hen that I have had started laying in late April-May.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I bet they had a bet going on who could lay first and she won.;)
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Just for the heck of it, check for the bulls eye when you eat the egg.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    You think they maybe slipping around @sourland lol
     
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  5. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    I will check for you before I eat it. I will be really surprised if it is fertile, half the clutch she laid last spring wasn't, my drakes are slow.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Ya never know. And the 'deed' done even once 3 or 4 weeks ago can be enough.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Or perhaps the converse - your hens are fast.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I got a few Muscovy hens sitting on eggs right now.
     
  9. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    That's different :D
    I'm sure it's nice and warm and sunny in California right now, not here though
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  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Yeah, we're at about 60 degrees right now.
     

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