Muscovy nest boxes???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I have Muscovies & was wondering what other Muscovy owners use as nest boxes??

    I am currently not using anything other than straw in the corner of their coop...but I know they are roosting ducks & (I think) cavitity nesters?

    My dad suggested that I get something similar to a BIG bird house for them & hang them up....

    What do you use?
     
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Anyone? [​IMG]
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    From a PDF I found online thru Google... hope it helps.

    Nests should be provided for the ducks to lay their eggs. There should be at least as many nests as there aremothers. Otherwise, they will disturb each other for favorite nests or try to sit two to a nest, which is a badthing. Two mothers in a nest will hatch fewer ducklings than one alone as more eggs will roll out and moreducklings will be trampled under their feet.The nests should be about 30 x 30 x 40 cm (12 x 12 x 16") and be covered. This should prevent two motherssitting together and drakes attempting to mate a sitting mother. Put a strip of timber, about 5 cm (2") wide infront of the nest, to prevent eggs from rolling out and to provide bedding such as sawdust, coffee skin, etc.Keep the nest clean at all times.
     
  4. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    I am using blue barrels with the very tip cut off so they can access it easily. I have straw in it for nesting... but they seem to prefer sneaking into the barn and nesting and laying in the section I have my hay in for the horses.
     
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thank you! I just wanted to see what others are doing for their birds. I only have one broody hen right now but another that is thinking about being broody....
     
  6. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Do you have any pics? If so, I'd love to see them so I can instruct hubby on what he's supposed to do. [​IMG]
     

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