Hi all, My friend and I are relatively new to keeping muscovies and certainly new to raising them! Our first clutch of eggs hatched on 2 Jan 2011 producing 10 ducklings. We have the mother and her ducklings in a seperate run while the drake and the other duck are out and about. This morning I noticed the mother 'picking on' one of the little ones by nipping it quite harshly and chasing it when it ran away squealing - I was under the impression muscovies made excellent mothers - is this normal and expected behaviour? She seems to only be doing this with one of the ducklings - should we seperate it from the mother? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks Dwight Some pics of the bunch: One day old, so sweet! Mother and her family The drake and duck that make up the rest of our small but growing flock.