Muscovy questions

marvun22

Songster
7 Years
Jul 8, 2012
680
19
124
North Dakota
I was planning to get some hatching eggs this spring, but I looked on ebay.com and found someone with good reviews on eggs they sold and a good price. The only problem would that it would be mid-october by the time they hatched. Here are my questions that could determine it all. How fast do they mature? And how cold hardy are they? Our winter in ND can start in October.
 

Going Quackers

Crowing
10 Years
May 24, 2011
7,847
991
381
On, Canada
Oh, that is quite late. I am Canadian so our winters can be something else(and long lol) mine manage, that said i wouldn't have a clutch that late, mind you i had a lady this year decide February was a great time to set a nest, she had 5 eggs and successfully hatched out 4, they are now 6mth olds. It was tricky though, there was snow on the ground and bad temps, winter held it's grasp for a long time, i provided greens since they could not access outside and fortunately had a barn big enough to allow them to wander around in it.

I found it difficult, it all came out in the end but i will make better efforts to ensure no winter nests occur again. It's doable but far from ideal if you have a proper winter.
 

marvun22

Songster
7 Years
Jul 8, 2012
680
19
124
North Dakota
Oh, that is quite late. I am Canadian so our winters can be something else(and long lol) mine manage, that said i wouldn't have a clutch that late, mind you i had a lady this year decide February was a great time to set a nest, she had 5 eggs and successfully hatched out 4, they are now 6mth olds. It was tricky though, there was snow on the ground and bad temps, winter held it's grasp for a long time, i provided greens since they could not access outside and fortunately had a barn big enough to allow them to wander around in it.

I found it difficult, it all came out in the end but i will make better efforts to ensure no winter nests occur again. It's doable but far from ideal if you have a proper winter.

Ok, I'll probably just wait until spring.
 

Going Quackers

Crowing
10 Years
May 24, 2011
7,847
991
381
On, Canada
I don't want to be discouraging, just it is nicer for spring especially if you want to forage them.
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