question about Muscovy hen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by all4god09, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. all4god09

    all4god09 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2014
    I just got a Muscovy hen which had ducklings a little less than a week ago....they are separated now.
    my question is, she stopped laying to hatch her eggs. When will she start laying again?

  2. learycow

    learycow Crowing

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    Usually 3-4 weeks after you take the ducklings, you'll see eggs again.
    I had a hen hatch out 14. let her keep them for 5 days then took them away. She wandered around the yard, went in at night with the other ducks, then started a new nest about 2 1/2 weeks later. She's sitting on eggs full time again and I have no idea how many are under her!

    Is your duck really skinny? If so, you may want to try to fatten her up a little before she starts laying again. Ducks that are broody then go broody a second time without much time inbetween can get extremely skinny. My girl, for some reason, is FAT FAT FAT so I didn't have to worry about it. But some of my other girls don't eat while brooding and get really thin and boney

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