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Muscovy mom lost all of her babies... when will she start over?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Gator113, May 12, 2011.

  1. Gator113

    Gator113 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am still a rookie to most of this stuff.

    One of our Muscovy ducks hatched her first batch of eggs, about 6 days ago. She had 15 new babies. On their first walk with mom, one was taken by a crow. I was only 20' away, but there was nothing I could do.

    Yesterday, while within their predator proof yard, a few of our chickens (all layer hens) made it into their fenced area. The chickens had not been a problem before. I had been with them, but I had to go into the house for about an hour. When I returned, the chickens had killed all but 3 of the babies. I'm a tough guy, but seeing 11 dead baby duckies about floored me. I immediately decided to raise the 3 that survived in a box in the house. The poor mom spent much of the next few hours searching the yards calling for and looking for her babies.

    What I would like to know is............. about when might I expect her to go back to starting another family?

    She's already being bred, as one of our two drakes has already chased her down and raped her, twice. I was about to make this drake into dog food, but I then read that this is common for Muscovies. Perhaps I'll get used to it, but I sure hate this part of the experience.

    Thank you,

    Dan
     
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  2. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! That's awful [​IMG]

    In response to when will she start again, it's quite difficult to say I think. She may decide to replace the clutch she's now lost straight away, or maybe she'll have been put off the idea and won't go again for a while...

    The whole raping thing is very common amongst ducks and is really not nice to see, but it's just what they do I guess! [​IMG]
     
  3. Gator113

    Gator113 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, Adam.

    FYI, today I ordered 2 Indian Runner Ducks, a male and female. They hatch on Monday. ;>) I looked at the pic's on your link.... those guys look so cool!


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