This year has been a transitional year. In part because I felt I didn’t have the extra it would take to do things well, so I decided to pull back on the farm this year. I had 3 trios of Muscovy ducks, gave them each their own space and completely forgot about them…well, we cared for them, food, water, clean bedding, but I didn’t manage them. Muscovy mama’s are the best mama’s I know, especially in the poultry world. They need very little management, but they do need a little bit. Let me explain.
1 Drake + 2 Hens
Should have 2 nest boxes so each girl lays her own eggs, until she deems there are enough, then she will set on them, and hatch them. ummm… I only had 1 nest box in each space, so 2 girls were sharing. I planned on moving one hen once the first went broody, but didn’t catch when that happened… So eggs were laid in with the broody girl. That kind of makes for a mess, really. Hatching at different times, girls fighting over nests, but once the mistake is done, it’s done…and it was done times 3! So six hens on 3 nests. I hoped to have 6 eggs hatch from each and figured I’d be lucky, and pleased with the 18 ducklings.
Today I checked in on the first set of sisters to start hatching and there are 32 ducklings!! 32! That is one nest. I doubt the other 2 will match that, but clearly I have more ducklings than the hoped for 18.
I am now glad I opted not to breed chickens this year, because my 11×16 growing pen will be housing some ducklings!
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