Too many eggs under a broody muscovy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jennifleur, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. jennifleur

    jennifleur Songster

    Jan 14, 2015
    I just candled and counted the eggs under my broody muscovy. She has 29 developing eggs. The weather is in the 70 to 80 range and her nest is very deep and bowl shaped up tight around her, no eggs showing. Should I remove some? I don't want to compromise the whole hatch. For a muscovy, what is the optimal number of eggs they can handle? Is 29 doable?
    I have hard time time thinking about removing and throwing out half developed live eggs.
    Sorry if I missed a post that already answered this type of question, I found some numbers for smaller chicken breeds but not for large duck types.
    Thanks for any help.

  2. fourkidsandduck

    fourkidsandduck In the Brooder

    May 19, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm in the same boat. I have two ducks, one is broody and the other is not. I noticed the broody duck was sitting on both nests. I decided to put the non-broody ducks eggs under the broody duck. I think she is sitting on thirty eggs.

    My theory is, maybe that is more than she can keep warm but better then tossing them. I doubt I will lose more then I gain. Then again this is how we learn, worst case I learn the hard way [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016

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