Need advice on Muscovy duck!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenlover432, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. chickenlover432

    chickenlover432 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys,
    Now this is a long story, so I'm going to run through it as quickly as possible:
    We've had a neighbor living diagonally behind us. We've known for a a long time that he's a drug dealer, but we had no idea that he had a duck. So, the other week, This man was arrested, and immediately sent off to jail. Our other neighbors, living directly behind us, alerted the police that there was a duck in the backyard, but they told him to leave it. A week later, my OTHER neighbor was walking past the empty house, and noticed a "goose" out the front. We decided to go out and help the "goose" which was actually the duck. So now the duck is in our backyard, sleeping peacefully (we gave him food and water as he hasnt had a drink or eat all week).
    So we also have to hens, now that we have a duck as well, can you give e some advice on how to feed it, introduce it to the chooks etc. Answers ASAP would be greatly appreciated, thanks:)
     
  2. Virus

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    That's quite the story! With introducing him to the hens you already have, I would suggest putting him in a pen or something close to them so they can see each other without you having to worry about them fighting. Now when you do put them in the same area there will probably be a few fights but as long as the fights don't have blood shed or last for more than a minutes that's fine, they just need to get that out of there system. I feed my duck the same food I give my hens, just make sure it can be fed to both chickens and ducks. My drake lives with my hens relatively peacefully, my barred rock chases him sometimes but nothing serious. Ducks are very social so make sure you're giving him some love, just sitting outside with him for an hours will make him happy. Good luck!
     
  3. chickenlover432

    chickenlover432 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much:D I take it Muscovy ducks are fine living by themselves (with the company of chickens)?
     
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    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any duck can live by it's self as long as you spend some time with him. Chances are if he was by himself, he was raised without other ducks and may prefer human companionship over the chickens and even other ducks. If you hang out with your chickens already this shouldn't be that much different. So far he sounds very sweet, tell me if you name him!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Glad you are compassionate, and took the duck in [​IMG]

    Is it a girl or a boy?

    Male ducks you need to be careful of with chickens - if they decide to mate the chickens it could be fatal. Not always, but it's a serious concern. If she's a girl duck, that ought not to be a problem.

    I agree, if the duck was raised as a single, it will need some human companionship . . . each duck is unique, so over time I expect if you observe carefully, you will be able to tell when the duck is stressed, and when he or she is content.

    Ducks can do okay on poultry food. There is also, if you can swing it, Mazuri Waterfowl Maintenance food. With just the one duck you might need to keep waterfowl food in sealed buckets because it will take a while to go through it. A good poultry maintenance food should work fine, though.

    You might get some poultry vitamins for once every week or so for a while - you don't know what the duck was raised on.
     
  6. chickenlover432

    chickenlover432 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, thats the problem:/ I don't actually know whether he is a boy or a girl. I heard drakes can only hiss, and that's what Leo does (while wagging his tail feathers, which is incredibly cute) and obviously if it was a girl, she would be laying eggs, but we haven't found any. So far, I've been keeping an eye on him and the chickens, and I've noticed that they get on very well, but they tend to stay away from eachother. So could you give me any clues as to finding out what gender it might be? And also, can ducks roost with chickens? Or do I need to get it a duck house?
     
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    chickenlover432 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, he seems very healthy and happy. He was very thirsty when we found him, but its been three days, and he's drank a lot and even had a swim:)
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

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    That's a drake. Handsome boy! Drakes make awesome pets once they realize your not going to be their female it takes time and if they didn't come to you as tiny ducklings you may never have that problem anyway. I have a drake that is just like having a dog he wags his tail loves to come in and visit and has a small snack of dog kibble in the house.
    I would seriously consider getting him a few ladies of his own though they really do like their own kind. Some of my Muscovy females roost in the chicken coop some sleep on the shavings.
     
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    chickenlover432 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for your reply:D At the moment, we're just getting used to having one duck, so it might be a step to far to get another one as well, but we will consider it. You are obviously quite experienced with Muscovy's so could you give me some clues as to what his gestures mean? Also what do i feed him? He really is such a cutie and I'm so angry that the authorities completely ignored him and left him behind. Also, sometimes when I come near him, his crest will come up, and I originally thought that was him giving me a warning, but then as soon as i talk to him, he wags his tail, and bobs his head and makes a sound that sounds like he's laughing (he's so adorable) So now I'm confused as to whether he's trying to ward me off, or welcome me.
     
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    Crest coming up can mean he is happy too. or flirting with you.Or if he sees another drake the mohawk can come up. Tail wagging is a happy thing all mine do it but my drake more so. That's sad they left him behind but your gain actually they are wonderful birds. I have never had a drake go after any of my hens[chickens] but they have always had females. If you suspect at all that he maybe trying to mate with them you'll need to separate him from them quick drakes can kill a hen they are not made the same to mate with each other. And this time of year hormones are beginning to surge. oh and if you don't have a rooster your hens will flatten out for him too. I've seen my hens being submissive to my geese. which is crazy because they do not like my chickens but their hormones get wacky too. They will even flatten out for me. silly hens. Maybe try one female duck at a time. Muscovy's seem to be easy to find. I just want you to have a pleasant enjoyable time with this drake no telling what he went through living with this other person. He would have most likely been put down if they had taken him to an animal shelter. My ducks eat the same thing as my chickens and geese all flock over winter when laying is down and layer in late winter when laying starts back up full time. Mine love thawed peas and dried meal worms my chickens go nuts for them.
     
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