what ducks make the best broodys / mothers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 88Haywood88, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. 88Haywood88

    88Haywood88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2010
    I want to get a few ducks and would like to know what duck is best at mothering and hatching her own eggs. I only have one incubator, and i don't want to commit it to ducks every year. I want a breed of duck that will procreate itself. I know muscovies are good but are there any others? I don't really want to hassle with getting the paperwork for mallards. any thoughts?
  2. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

    Jan 11, 2010
    the ducky room
    i was going to suggest scovies [​IMG]
  3. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Southern California
    Muscovies and Mallards are the best broodies/mothers, but you already know that [​IMG]

    Welsh Harlequin's are pretty good, better than most Mallard-Deriviative breeds.
    Buff's will go broody as well.
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    Buffs! And Buff Mutts [​IMG] Next to my scovies my buff was my best broody. I had buff, swedish, cayuga, and magpie at the time. Along with crosses of the breeds added in with a male mallard and a mutt swedish drake.

    Of course i havent had much else so I wouldnt know what else to say =/
    stuckinthecity likes this.
  5. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    All of my Anconas are broody and very good mothers, but I'll agree that 'Scovies are great too.
  6. SeaHen

    SeaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    Springfield, OR
    I just found my 8-month-old Pekin duck on a nest of 15 eggs, including 2 chicken eggs. Her mother was also very broody. I've had Pekins in the past who just dropped their eggs randomly and walked away, so I'm thinking this may not be typical for the breed. Weirder thing is, I bought 10 fertile Cayuga eggs through Craigslist today before realizing she was setting.. YIKES!
  7. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    My swedish was a great broody and mother. She hatched out 17 out of 17 eggs on her first time broody.
  8. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2009
    Great to hear that buffs are more likely to sit. I've been wanting buffs and some fawn and white runners.

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