Muscovys in brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sooz, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Sooz

    Sooz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What age roughly should my muscovy ducks be taken out of the brooder. They are only a week old but seem very bored already with their surroundings. Constantly chirping. I have let them out for a wee run around the kitchen but they do not like going back in. Are ducklings hardier than chicks.
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have put a new toy in the brooder every day for them to investigate. Usually a cat toy. One day a ball with a bell in it, the next day a small soft stuffed toy, the next day a hanging parrot toy, a small mirror the next day etc. I have about 8-9 toys and change them out daily (mainly to clean the nasty off). Some toys they like, some they hate, some they ignore but just a mild change in placement and their surroundings gives them some thing to do. They like to put their beaks on everything.
    I also may dig up a clump of grass with dirt still attached and give that to them, though this may not be an option for you but mine truly love it.

    I do not put mine outside in a pen until they are about 4 weeks old. They are such nasty brooder babies I can't stand it by 2 weeks old!
     
  3. Sooz

    Sooz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I am going to try this. I have started putting them outside during the day in an enclosed pen and they still cheep like mad. They are so inquisitive but cute.
     

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