Question about light for muscovy ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hossfeathers, May 13, 2011.

  1. hossfeathers

    hossfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got six going-on-three-week old Muscovys that I will be putting outside next weekend. (Daytime only for a few weeks.)

    I've read that exposing young hens to long daylength makes them mature too fast and lay too early. The days are now about 14 hours long (6 am to nearly 8 pm).

    Is the extended light a concern for natural daylength? I'm really not crazy about the idea of keeping these guys in doors for 3 months.
     
  2. Captain Cluck

    Captain Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not an expert by any means, but I've never heard/ read that.

    What do wild ducks and barnyard ducks do when left to brood their young on their own?They go with whatever daylight is available, that's what.
    I'd go with that and not worry about it.
     
  3. hossfeathers

    hossfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    >>>What do wild ducks and barnyard ducks do when left to brood their young on their own?They go with whatever daylight is available, that's what.

    True that, BUT. I'm not sure that it's 'natural' for hatching out ducklings this early, you know? Maybe they're supposed to hatch out later in the year, when the light is more stable, or is even declining...

    OTOH, these were from hen-brooded extensively run Muscovies, so maybe you're right, and I should not worry.
     
  4. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we only keep ours in about a month, once they start growing in their feathers.
    I was wondering where you got your Muscovies?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    animalpro, where in the USA are you?
     

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