New rescue babies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by turtlebutt, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. turtlebutt

    turtlebutt Out Of The Brooder

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    My sweet boyfriend rescued 2 muscovy babies from a roadside ditch where momma had been treed by some dogs. The larger of the 2, the all yellow one, has begun to fledge tail feathers. The other one is stiil all down. I don't know how old they are or what sex. It doesn't really matter, but have heardduck eggs are very good. We are building a coop for my Dutch Bantam hen and more hens to come. Can I keep them together? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This is Peas and Carrots. I know the pool looks bad, but it's too expensive to keep it up in our rental, as it has a leak. But the ducks love it!
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I don't know the details about taking in Muscovies in Florida, I'll leave that to you.

    We don't know if they are drakes or ducks yet. If they are drakes, and try to mate your hens, that could kill the hens.

    Duck eggs are very good. Muscovies are seasonal layers, and they fly.

    @Miss Lydia has Muscovies - as do a number of other members.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    What a sweet pic. Your sweet boyfriend most likely saved their lives.. I think at the age they are now they will be fine in with your chickens,as long as you watch closely for any aggression from your chicken or the ducklings. They will need to have time to get use to one another. In other words don't toss them into a building together before they have had a chance to get to know each other for a few days to a week. once they get to breeding age if you have a drake you may want to get a couple more females to keep him occupied.Females usually feather in before drakes Yours look to be around 2 weeks old.

    did the mama duck live?
     
  4. turtlebutt

    turtlebutt Out Of The Brooder

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    I think momma will be okay as long as the digs lost intetest. There were more ducklings but he could only get the 2. Ww are more afraid of the traffic than the dogs to be honest. Hopefully momma got out if the tree and led the rest to safety.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I hope she did too. Be sure to post pics weekly as they grow soon you'll know for sure if you have a pair. [​IMG]
     

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