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Muscovy laying age

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1eyejer, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. 1eyejer

    1eyejer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old are muscovy ducks when they start laying eggs..my ducks are about 4 months old and live out on the pond..its starting to get really cold here in Atlantic Canada..will they wait until spring before laying? I also have a roeun female and 2 aylesbury..also will they interbreed??
     
  2. Mrs. BJ Hensley Jr.

    Mrs. BJ Hensley Jr. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No matter where you live, other than maybe central america, ducks should not hatch any more eggs until next spring. besides that, i think they are 8 or 9 months when Muscovies start laying. Anyone else have input?

    Yes, they will inbreed. they are not picky and do not descriminate based on relation.
     
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  3. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
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    My Muscovy's started laying at 5 months old. Some ducks lay all year round like Pekins. We had fresh Pekin eggs all last winter. Last night, one of my Muscovy hatched out 12 babies, I have another on a nest in my barn and another on on a nest on my back porch. Muscovy's lay whenever they feel like it.

    Laurie
     
  4. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. BJ Hensley Jr. :

    No matter where you live, other than maybe central america, ducks should not hatch any more eggs until next spring. besides that, i think they are 8 or 9 months when Muscovies start laying. Anyone else have input?

    Yes, they will inbreed. they are not picky and do not descriminate based on relation.

    This is not correct, In Florida Muscovy ducks lay and brood ducklings year around including winter.​
     
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  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Mrs. BJ Hensley Jr. :

    No matter where you live, other than maybe central america, ducks should not hatch any more eggs until next spring. besides that, i think they are 8 or 9 months when Muscovies start laying. Anyone else have input?

    Yes, they will inbreed. they are not picky and do not descriminate based on relation.

    One of my customers at the bank had a one of her muscovy hens hatch out last december 24th..and hatched out 15 little ones and hatched out again in the spring.​
     
  6. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine all started laying last February. Had I left the eggs out there I have no doubt that they would have tried incubating them. [​IMG]

    Muscovies are NOT an egg laying breed that will lay regularly. They will ONLY lay eggs when they want to raise a family. I get 2-3 clutches per year out of each of my hens, but that's about it. If they start to lay and I pick up the eggs because I don't want ducklings, they stop laying fairly quickly.

    GENERALLY, spring hatched muscovies will not lay until the following spring unless temperatures and daylight hours cooperate. That being said I've heard of some spring hatched muscovy hens beginning to lay AND incubate when they were just 4-5 months old. Mine have never done that, thank goodness.

    And yes, Muscovies will crossbreed with mallard deriviatives. The offspring of this cross will be STERILE, and are known as 'mules'. If you cross them to a large meat breed, they are well known to be the best meat ducks you can raise, or so some claim. I've never tried to raise any, so I haven't a clue wether or not they ARE a good cross. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010
  7. annette910

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    i have a pair of muscovy ducks she sitting on eggs now this is her 2nd batch the first hatched 6 and all doing well
     
  8. annette910

    annette910 New Egg

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    how much can you sell a muscovy ducklin
     

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