Muscovy question

Dane acres

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
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Hello,
I am new to the forum but I thought I would ask this question since it seems to be muscovy friendly. One of our muscovy hens just hatched 12 babbies and we won't be keeping them. We plan to leave them with mom for a couple weeks untill they get bigger. What is the usual time to let them grow before selling/trading/giving them away ?
Thanks
 

Eika

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12 babies would definitely be quite a lot to keep! :p I can't offer advice from much experience but the youngest I've bought them at was 2.5 months, by which time they were very much independent and fully feathered, though they did get picked on a bit by my existing flock. So I'd guess that by around 1.5-2 months old they would be alright away from their mothers.
 

Sami's Mommy

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Aug 14, 2011
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Some people like to buy new borns too, so you could sell them even now, just depends on your preference. They will sell for more the older they are
 
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Dane acres

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Apr 17, 2013
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Thanks for the responses. I was just looking for a general consensus. I figure the longer we left them with mom the better the chance they would survive in the long run.
 

Miss Lydia

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Thanks for the responses. I was just looking for a general consensus. I figure the longer we left them with mom the better the chance they would survive in the long run.
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Going Quackers

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May 24, 2011
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Are you going to keep any? my last ones from the year before were a few months, i kinda like 8wks or so by then there fully feathered and you definitely know the colour path and sex.

I have 4 five week olds right now, three are drakes and cannot stay but i don't want to leave their sister alone so i'll likely wait a few more weeks. I think it also depends on the mama, right now i could sell all 4 she wouldn't care whereas the duck last year? HA she freaked even when the first left at a few months old lol
 

Dane acres

Hatching
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Apr 17, 2013
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We already have 14 but I am sure my wife won't let all of these new babies go. Thanks for the input. Eight weeks seems to be a reasonable age.
 

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