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WILD AFRICAN MUSCOVY DUCK

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by zuluchicken, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. zuluchicken

    zuluchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Hi Folks

    I thought of sharing the following photos and story with you.

    We are living on a grain farm in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Often wild birds would make their nests in the grain fields but unfortunately this leaves them vunrable come harvest time. About two weeks ago whilst we were harvesting we exposed a Wild African Muscovy Duck's nest in the middle of the grain field. There were 8 eggs. Obviously the mother would not retun to the nest because we have now cut away all the protection against the sun and wind so I decided to "rescue" eggs and placed them in my incubator.

    Late last night and early this morning (15 October 2015) the eggs started to hatch and by sunrise we had 7 baby ducks. I am going to keep them with my chickens once they are independant but if they want to return to the wild we will not prevent them.

    I also have 48 Guinea Fowl eggs in the incubator that I have rescued the same way. They are due to hatch from about 27 october.

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  2. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. blkjak

    blkjak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations!
     
  4. zuluchicken

    zuluchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Buck Oakes.

    Do you know the wild African Muscovy Duck?

    We also have Egyptian Geese breeding on the farm but to date we did not destroyed any of their nests.
     
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  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, they are beautiful! Good for you for saving them!

    But I do agree, they look like Spur-winged Goslings, not Muscovies. Which I think makes them even more interesting! :) The adults definitely look similar to Muscovies, especially if you saw the mother from a distance.
     
  6. tmorgan46

    tmorgan46 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Zuluchicken,
    My hat is off to you. What a great thing to do!!! Congrats on the successful hatching, looks like a great bunch of ducklings!! (or goslings if that turns out to be the case)

    Best of Luck!!

    Troy and Tina
     
  7. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    @zuluchicken
    i know that muscovies aren't native to africa, and there for can't be wild, but feral :) so saying that there is an African muscovy duck, doesn't actually make since :) not being mean or anything just saying that its probably not a muscovy, but a spur winged goose
     
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  8. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a spur winged gosling, which is exactly what u have, so there are no Wild african Muscovy ducks, you have spur winged goslings
     
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  9. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    these are muscovy ducklings, see the difference?
     
  10. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are Spur winged geese


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    These are wild muscovies ( Male up top, female below)
     

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