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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ria17, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. ria17

    ria17 Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
  2. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  3. ria17

    ria17 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  4. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. ria17

    ria17 Out Of The Brooder

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    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
     
  6. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Just realize any duck- or Muscovy- will mate with any duck or Muscovy. So they do need to be seperated just in case. :)
     
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  7. ria17

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    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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  9. Welshies

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    They sure look mature to me! They are super cute! I'm guessing 1 or 2 years old. :)
     
  10. ria17

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    Thank you, they are getting use to me :D The female stopped hissing for a few seconds haha.
     

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