Nesting boxes for Muscovy ducks?

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

  1. Riverside Barn

    Riverside Barn Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2013
    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

    Jun 17, 2013
    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

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    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

    Dec 28, 2009
    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

    Oct 19, 2013

    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 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    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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