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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ZakoHero, Jan 17, 2013.
omg sorry in exhausted we had a lot going on this weekend. I just checked the babies are laying with her. I had them all since 1030 am and it's been a really harmonious group.
Here they are earlier in the day outside the coop. It was in the 80s and they were all hot lol
Nice to hear a sweet story, I have read so many tragic stories with mismatched pen mates. I'd rather express concerns and have everything be okay, than fail to let someone know what could happen and lose baby ducks.
Everyone is happy and perky this am! Eating and running around
I poked around at it tonight and still nothing. I guess I will continue with the Epsom soaks and try the iodine.
Ok I have another question I have a female with babies ..how do u get the babies to eat the duck starter and hen to eat layer?? They r eating each other's food
Quick question for all you experienced duck owners...I recently rescued a Muscovy hen that only has 2 toes on 1 foot, she doesn't walk much, doesn't swim. I have 3 muscovy ducks coming in a week, 2 hens and a drake. She is currently buddies with my rouen hen, my question is, will she get bullied by the new guys because of her defect? She also has her wings clipped, from previous owner. My rouen hen hangs with the chickens during the day but sleeps with her muscovy friend. Also will it be ok for her to lay/ be bred by the drake. Note : she safe, in a enclosed pen that is patrolled my my trained pyreness LSG, just worried about her well being
Your new Muscovy ducks may or may not bully the new duck. There's really no way to know. You'll just have to keep watch. Muscovy ducks don't seems to swim much and they really don't move around as a group, so the three new ones may just ignore the old one. My six (one male, five females) are fine together right now but at one point this summer there was a hen brooding who broke all her eggs, so I put her back with the other five (she keep looking what I interpreted to be "longingly" at the other five in an adjoining pen). About one minute after their reunion, all four hens took after the returned one and there was a lot of feathers flying, squawking, and I quickly separated the one. About two weeks later, they allowed the lone hen back and have been fine ever since. You can't really know until they are together, and even then, ducks can fickle! If they don't like a bunk mate, they're not shy about expressing it. Just keep an eye on them.
Don't know about breeding—it's probably not genetic, but the lack of walking will make her an easy target in breeding season. Could be a problem. Again, just keep an eye on them. The clipped wings should not matter. Males don't fly and not all females even try. It does limit your ducks ability to get away from the others, but other than that, no problem. Good that you have her in a safe location.