Muscovy questions

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  1. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to this whole bird raising thing. I'm planning to get Muscovy ducks in the spring. I've never had ducks before of any kind and I have a few questions.


    1) Should I clip their wings? Do muscovies ever leave home after they are settled in?

    2) I feed my chickens 20% laying mash, can ducks eat that? do/can they eat scratch grains? Do they need any special feed?

    3) How much of their food do muscovies really forage for?

    4) Have you ever had problems housing your muscovies and chickens together?

    5) How do you take eggs from them to eat/keep them from going broody without killing the broody instinct completely? I want them to hatch out clutches every so often but I don't need to be overrun with ducks!

    Thank you for the answers, and of course feel free to add any advice!

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  2. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC and nice picture.
     
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  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    1) Should I clip their wings? If you don't want them to fly, you should clip their wings.

    Do muscovies ever leave home after they are settled in? Mine never leave home.

    2) I feed my chickens 20% laying mash, can ducks eat that? Yes, they can eat 20%

    do/can they eat scratch grains? I don't feed mine scratch grains

    Do they need any special feed? No

    3) How much of their food do muscovies really forage for? I always provide feed but they do love grass and bugs.

    4) Have you ever had problems housing your muscovies and chickens together? No problem at all. Many of my muscovys roost with the chickens.

    5) How do you take eggs from them to eat/keep them from going broody without killing the broody instinct completely? I have not had that problem.

    I want them to hatch out clutches every so often but I don't need to be overrun with ducks! Take it from me, you don't want to be overrun with ducks. :/
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I like that last line Kuntry, you know better than any of us! [​IMG]
     
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  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    :yuckyuck

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    Too funny Miss Lydia. :lau
     
  6. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all. [​IMG]
    I don't mind if they fly I just don't want them to fly away...
    Have any of you ever tried/use the deep litter method? How would it work with creatures as messy as ducks?
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Mine fly all over the property and the when they are done flying, they circle back and come home.

    I have never tried the deep litter method.
     
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  8. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I just read how many ducks you have!!! No, no I definitely don't want quite that many...
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    :yuckyuck

    :lau

    Oh, that number is nothing. You should have saw my sig when I had 150 ducks and I was pulling my hair out. :barnie
     
  10. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard they breed like rabbits... We will be eating a lot of ours. Like apparently, a lot. [​IMG]
     

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