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Will a muscovy raise chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cricket-cricket, May 4, 2009.

  1. cricket-cricket

    cricket-cricket In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2007
    I ask because I candled our muscovy hen's eggs tonight and none of them are viable. I will check again in a few days to be sure, but...I'm pretty sure.

    I hate to break up her broody, and would just as soon encourage her by supplanting some babies one night, but we really don't need more ducks. I know that chickens will occasionally raise ducklings, might it work in reverse?

  2. melissa508

    melissa508 Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Most muscovies would , but the problem is that theyre so heavy & can squish the chicks with those big feet. I noticed mine were pretty clumsy mothers & often stepped on their own ducklings.

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