Nesting boxes for Muscovy ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Riverside Barn, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Riverside Barn

    Riverside Barn Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to owning ducks and was just wondering what would be the best type of nesting boxes for my Muscovies?
     
  2. Shikoba70

    Shikoba70 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Muscovies wont use a nesting box, they make their own nest in the corner of the duck house. I have nesting boxes attached but they use them to poop in which is great cos it keeps the rest of the house clean. I dont know if everyones Muscovies are the same but it works for me. My drake sleeps in a separate house and he poops where he sleeps but my girls dont seem to [​IMG]
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine don't either, i do have a shelf in the main duck barn which they do "nest" underneath, they've actually raised a few babies under there too lol
     
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My muscovies are free ranged but they make their own nest away from the house and away from where I would think to look and man are they protective of those eggs.
     
  5. Get Frizzled

    Get Frizzled New Egg

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    This is "Willemina's" nest :) First she started laying in a burrow of grass. We had to move the eggs into the duck house as we lock them up over night and I didn't want her kept from her eggs. We gave her an armful of hay and she did the rest herself!
     
  6. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This isn't a very good picture of it but I use cat crates minus the door for my muscovies.
    I have a large coop that they stay in at night and I put these in the corners. They tend to like dark, small spaces. I put hay in them and the ducks do the rest!
    But keep in mind that if you free range them, your hens are likely to make a nest and lay outside. I had one make a nest in the rocks that are around the base of the foundation of my house! She had 9 eggs before I finally found it (the nest was behind a piece of plywood that was leaning against the house). I took the eggs out and put down hay for her them put the eggs back. She ended up laying 3 more and I had 10 beautiful babies hatch 3 1/2 weeks ago :)
     

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