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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BarredBuff, Jun 3, 2010.
What are a few broody breeds of ducks?
Mallards & Muscovies are the only ones I know of that are broody.
I've heard the Bantam breeds, just like in chickens, are supposed to retain the tendency to go broody.
I have had 4 female Mallards, and oddly they never went broody once!
Anyone have a copy of Holderread? I can't find mine at the moment. The children were reading it and carried it off somewhere and...
Anyway, he lists breeds with data such as number of eggs per year, foraging ability, etc. And the list includes mothering ability. But since I don't have my book where I can find it... I can't help!! Sorry!
But if you can get your hands on a copy or if someone else has it handy, that should have the data you need.
(Edited for grammar. I'm tired.)
I've had rouens that went broody, and made excellent mothers too. I've also known a couple of pekins that stayed on a nest to term. I know these breeds dont normally go broody, but my point is that you just never really know until they actually do it.
Also never heard of a muscovy that wouldn't go broody.
Australian Spotted ducks go broody...and make wonderful mamas too. I've got one now and I love her!
my swedes are SUPER broody. crazy ducks. and my mallard too.
From Holderreads book:
Australian Spotted- Excellent
East Indie- Excellent
My 2 khaki campbells have gone broody this year, 1 has finished, with 18 ducklings, and the other is just starting.