What age do Muscovies start laying and brooding ?

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  1. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm hoping this year to start building up an army of muscovy broodies and I was wondering if they start laying and brooding in their first year like mallard derived ducks, or does it take two years on them ?

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  2. ian4379

    ian4379 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    muscovy ducks are said to be mature at 7 months. personally i have had ducks lay and brood as early as five months, most are laying by six months. if you take the ducklings away from the mum at 3 to 4 weeks you'll get two or possibly 3 hatches in a season, mine lay again in the winter although hatch rates are poor in the winter.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  4. linen53

    linen53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just started my ducks last May with 12 three-day-old Muscovies. The drakes started mating at about 3 1/2 months of age. The girls started laying at about 4 1/2 or 5 months of age. The eggs will start out very small, but the more they lay the larger the eggs will get. I also acquired some adult girls and once they settled in they were laying eggs as large as a goose would lay!
     
  5. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my gosh, was it that obvious ?? Shhhhhh don't say nothing to nobody [​IMG]
     
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  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks you linen59 and ian4379. That's what I was thinking and hoping but I found a site somewhere last night that said they take two years to mature and so I wanted to check here before I got all disappointed about that.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I had an army and I almost went AWOL which could have led me to a dishonorable discharge. It was not pretty. PLEASE take it from someone who knows about an army of muscovys. You may want to re-think that. [​IMG]
     
  9. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I had an army and I almost went AWOL which could have led me to a dishonorable discharge. It was not pretty. PLEASE take it from someone who knows about an army of muscovys. You may want to re-think that. [​IMG]

    What was the problem with them ?
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I had an army and I almost went AWOL which could have led me to a dishonorable discharge. It was not pretty. PLEASE take it from someone who knows about an army of muscovys. You may want to re-think that. [​IMG]

    What was the problem with them ?

    Oh, there was no problem with them. It was the problem with me. I was irresponsible and allowed them to hatch about 150 muscovy babies. It was too much for me. I will never ever ever EVER be that irresponsible again. You talk about an army. I had about 10 armys. [​IMG]
     
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