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 on: January 08, 2017, 03:22:33 pm 
Started by GitaBooks - Last post by GitaBooks
I was wondering, how do muscovy do with other farmyard animals such as cats, dogs, chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks, geese, ect. I've heard they can be aggressive and attack baby ducks or chicks. Is this true?

Thanks.  : )

 on: June 02, 2016, 05:33:18 am 
Started by newbie101 - Last post by newbie101
Hi all,

My young ducks have had constant problems - predominantly with some sort of respiratory disorder.  They all had great difficulty with egg laying - soft shelled eggs, weird eggs, unable to pass them, having to lay in the bath etc.  I had hormone implants in all of them to stop them laying - three months later they have started again and are having awful difficulty.  They seem otherwise well except some unusual moulting.  Their diet is excellent and they have access to grit.  I have tried giving bolus doses of calcium but it has made no difference so is not calcium related - has anyone had this or know what might be happening?  It is very stressful for all.

Thank you.

 on: June 02, 2016, 05:29:56 am 
Started by newbie101 - Last post by newbie101
Hi everyone,

I have young ducks who at duckling age had laboured breathing - do you know of any respiratory type diseases that can cause this but no other symptoms?



 on: June 02, 2016, 05:27:58 am 
Started by newbie101 - Last post by newbie101

I have 4 young ducks (approx. 7 months).  They have all embarked on their moult at the end of summer.  2 seemed to have a very light moult - mostly their chest etc. but have not lost their flight feathers.  One had a full moult and has grown back all feathers including flight feathers but 1 who I am mostly worried about seemed to have a massive moult - she has regrown new flight feathers but her chest still looks like she's in a moult.  I thought their wing feathers were the last to come through.  She is a quieter bird and I always worry about her health although she is eating well and generally alert she just looks very scrappy compared to the others - do you know what's going on or why there is a variance?


 on: April 12, 2016, 01:13:25 am 
Started by angelover - Last post by VIMduck
We have one male and 8 females as our basic flock. We always keep a spare male over winter then put him in the pot once mating starts in the New Year - they fight if there are not enough females around, and 8 ain't enough!
Last year we got 42 llbs meat from 20 birds. We only used the breast meat and legs. The rest gets fed to the dogs or occasionally roasted, then stock made and canned for winter soups & stews.
Over the last 5 years we have had at least one or 2 hatchlings per year. We notice more male birds than female on average.
Hope you found some birds.

 on: February 03, 2016, 12:21:26 pm 
Started by angelover - Last post by angelover
We are considering having 4 mama's and having them sit on 10 eggs each, for 2 clutches.  That would give us a maximum of 80 ducklings, which is the most we can afford to feed.  Would that likely average out to our obtaining 50 ducklings, which is our goal?  Is this a good idea? 

 on: February 01, 2016, 04:31:30 pm 
Started by angelover - Last post by angelover
This is an addendum.  We were looking at the Muscovy's on-line for sale, dressed, the hens were 4 1/2 lbs and the drakes were 7 1/2-8 lbs, so we are thinking of allowing 2 1/2 lbs for bone?  That would leave us about 7 lbs for 1 drake and one hen.  Does that sound about right?  We think at that rate, we would need about 50 ducklings, assuming we get a 50/50 split to get our 180 lbs of meat.  We now think that 2 mamas with 2 sets of babies should probably do it.  What do you think?  Any suggestions on how much room we would need for the coup/house for the mama and babies in the event she sets in the winter?  We looked on-line and it said 3 square feet per duck.  With 2 mamas, how many ducklings should we plan for at a time?

 on: January 30, 2016, 03:12:31 pm 
Started by angelover - Last post by angelover
Hi,  I am very new to this.  We have not yet gotten our Muscovys.  We want to know how many hens we should get if we want to have 60 babies in a year? We are figuring half would be female and half male--is that an accurate estimate of the division of gender for the hatching?  We are thinking that 60 ducklings in a year would produce about 180 lbs of actual meat.  Is this an accurate assessment?  We are thinking of building an insulated house for them with heat lamps available, so if they hatched in the winter they would still be OK.  I planned to separate a 5x5 section for each mama and to keep each mama separate for both the laying and hatching--unless of course they lay during the day when I let them out to roam the yard. Should I keep them in separated runs until they have finished laying and hatching, and just take the drake to the mama's pen to mate for a day or two every couple of days?  Would that be enough room for her and her babies if they hatched in the winter?  We live in North/Central Utah about 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, and don't know how many hatches we will get in a year here.  It is zone 5 for planting. We would also love to know about how many hatches we should get. We would appreciate any information to help.  Thank you! 

 on: October 08, 2015, 06:31:46 am 
Started by newbie101 - Last post by newbie101
Hi, I have some ducklings from black/white parents.  They are all different colours.  Most have a fair bit of dark chocolate colouring which I presume will turn black.  Some have dark brown and a lighter brown - almost like wild ducks and one is very different from the rest and is almost like a deeper fawn colour - does anyone have any idea what colour this bird will become?


 on: October 08, 2015, 06:14:48 am 
Started by newbie101 - Last post by newbie101
Hi, I have a lovely Muscovy drake who I found a female for but she sadly got taken by a fox.  He is very sad and lonely.  I have taken in some ducklings from a local person after their mother was taken by a fox.  There are 5 ducklings - I suspect three are female, one is male and one unclear at this stage.  My drake, Melton, is generally gentle and very loving.  He really loved Maisie the female we had and used to follow her everywhere.  I hadn't got an opportunity to see what he was like with her in the spring - he could get a bit amorous with her although he never chased her and she didn't seem concerned.  I know you can't put ducks with drakes until they are around 6 months old but I'm trying to work out the best companions for him.  I get told different things all the time about what drakes are like together, ratios of males/females etc. and I'm feeling too confused.  I want to rehome excess ducks before I get too attached.  I had wondered about having a couple of females and a couple of males so if they needed to be separated in spring they would both have company but some people have told me they would fight.  I would love some advice on what people think the best gender mix and numbers would be.  I live in town in a residential sized block so don't want too many birds and I have them like children so I hope they will be great company for me as well.  Much appreciated, Rebecca.

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