Will Muscovies hatch chickens sucesssfully?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BarredBuff, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will Muscovies hatch and raise chickens sucesssfully?
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Sure...as long as there is no nearby swimming water. Momma ducks lead the babies to the nearest water source a few days after hatching. A chick would follow and drown. If there is no pool, you are fine.
     
  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks 'zilla!!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What Wifezilla said! As a kid I had a muscovy hatch some chicks. They did not venture into the water and drown, but became wet and chilled after their mother swam and died because of this. I also had bantam hens hatch and raise ducklings. They would go into apoplexy when the ducklings went for a swim in the creek. Chickens raising ducklings = success, Ducks raising chicks = failure. This was my experience.
     

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