New to our flock

ria17

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
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Hi I have a couple of questions, I am getting a pair of muscovies today and was wondering how long I should keep them in the coop for them to get use to being here? Another question is can you tell the age of the ducks as the person i am getting them off isn't sure of the age.
Thanks in advance :D
 

Welshies

Crowing
May 8, 2016
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Are they going to be free ranging? If so, keep them in the coop for 2-4 weeks so they know it's home. You will probably want to clip one wing.
If they aren't free ranging, and are kept in a fenced area, let them out anytime. If uncovered, clip one wing.
If you post pictures, I can tell you how old they are.
Also, do you have other breeds of ducks?
 

ria17

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
26
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24
manitoba Canada
Thanks I was thinking maybe 2 weeks, they will be free range eventually :D I will try and post pics once i get them, I also have a Rouen male, I have had muscovies before but the pigs ate them and the drake we were given ran off :( I think it was because we didn't keep him in for long.
 

Welshies

Crowing
May 8, 2016
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Alberta, Canada
Thanks I was thinking maybe 2 weeks, they will be free range eventually :D I will try and post pics once i get them, I also have a Rouen male, I have had muscovies before but the pigs ate them and the drake we were given ran off :( I think it was because we didn't keep him in for long.

Well...
Muscovies are actually not ducks, they are a seperate species. Mallard derived ducks (any breed of duck excluding a Muscovy) are unable to properly mate with other species- namely Muscovies. The offspring they produce (AND THEY WILL PRODUCE) are hybrids, sterile and non-fertile. They can't lay eggs, and can not ever have offspring.
So please, be aware of this if mixing Mallard derivides and Muscovies.
 

ria17

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
26
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24
manitoba Canada
thanks for telling me that information as I always just thought they were ducks! It will be female and male muscovy, still have to find a mate for my little Rouen male, not htat he minds really, i am sure he thinks he is a dog :D quacks when the dogs bark or one of the dogs gets out of their pen and follows me around like a little dog too he is soooo cute :D
 

Welshies

Crowing
May 8, 2016
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Alberta, Canada
thanks for telling me that information as I always just thought they were ducks! It will be female and male muscovy, still have to find a mate for my little Rouen male, not htat he minds really, i am sure he thinks he is a dog :D quacks  when the  dogs bark or one of the  dogs gets out of their pen and follows me around like a little dog too he is soooo cute :D

Awesome! Just realize any duck- or Muscovy- will mate with any duck or Muscovy. So they do need to be seperated just in case. :)
 

ria17

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
26
0
24
manitoba Canada
Hi Welshies
I took a photo of my muscovies, not very good because they wouldn't stand still kept bobbing their heads and hissing at me :D So how do i attach it on here? it's ok i did it, see below :D can you tell the age? thanks :)
 
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Welshies

Crowing
May 8, 2016
3,250
2,508
286
Alberta, Canada
Hi Welshies
I took a photo of my muscovies, not very good because they wouldn't stand still kept bobbing their heads and hissing at me :D  So how do i attach it on here? it's ok i did it, see below :D can you tell the age? thanks :)

They sure look mature to me! They are super cute! I'm guessing 1 or 2 years old. :)
 

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