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#57693 - 11/09/07 07:10 AM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Oakie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/02
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Loc: Oklahoma
I've been following this thread and have expereience with hatching chicken eggs under Muscovies. They will hatch and raise them for about two or three weeks and then completely abandon them or atleast try and get away by roosting up high. Also, adult Muscovies love little chicken nuggets and will eat the baby chicks unless you have them separated. I once lost over a dozen thinking it was a snake until I caught Jake the Drake running around with a live squeaking chick in his beak. He would actually eat them too. I think it will be fine as long as you take them away after the hatch. Maybe leave a few and see how she does with them.

These are my two Muscovies that I hatched from a bantam hen and she raised them fine. Just a bit pereplexed when they would swim around the water bucket. Good Luck!

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#57694 - 11/09/07 07:38 AM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
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Registered: 07/24/03
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Loc: Tennessee
Oakie, that sure is a pretty hen. I really like her color. She looks like a buff Cochin. Is she?
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#57695 - 11/09/07 09:04 AM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Upback Offline
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 457
Loc: Maine
Thanks stretchman and Oakie for your experiences. Yeah, we would like to avoid rearing them ourselves, but we'll see how it goes. Maybe we will put a few eggs under our Muscovy and a few under our ever-broody Marans. If neither is a good mamma to the chicks then we'll be in the market for a bantam, or a Sumatra, or a Kriaenkoppe, or any mix of the above. It will be exciting to finally find something to hatch out - and then take care of- our future replacement layers.

I really have just fallen right in love the Muscovies. But we've noticed that the males are cantakerous, so we put all the males in the freezer this year and oh my gosh are they delicious. I can't believe yours was actually eating chicks! How horrifying! Our introduction to these ducks was a couple years ago we got some for free from someone who bought some 'scovies at an auction. Why can't we tell the sexes apart? Says here it should be obvious. Duh! We had four full-grown males! So we kept the one male we felt sorry for whose poor toes had rotted off from living in cow and chicken manure at the place we got them or before hand. So Xingu has no toes and a distinct limp to boot. Then we wanted a mate for him to hatch our own ducks so at a local agricultural fair my husband picked up the cutest Muscovy hen ( Shakira ) who happens to have angel wings. We'd never heard of that before but quickly found out what pretty term that is for a deformity! So for a good year we had about the sorriest excuses for Muscovies imaginable. Between "no-toes the gimp" and angel-wings mating was hilarious, and we found out - fruitless. So we placed an order with Stromburg's and now have some of the most beautiful ducks I've ever seen. I've talked about them before, but they are just so darn smart, adaptable, calm, tame and independent.

I love that picture of the ducklings with their chicken!

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#57696 - 11/09/07 02:06 PM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Foehn Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
Perhaps it's time to revisit my favourite cartoon. I have posted it before, but a long time ago. Cartoon :p

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#57697 - 11/09/07 11:15 PM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Stretch Man Offline
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Registered: 09/19/02
Posts: 89
Loc: Australia
Muscovies are the duck of choice for us. Meat(sometimes crossed with Rouens or Pekins), eggs, mothering skills and their personality in the yard are unbeatable. In our flock it's the drakes that do as they are told by the hens. Even our German Shepherd(Alsation) won't mess with a Muscovy with ducklings!

They also come in a mindboggling range of colours( at the moment we have blues). It doesn't matter to us what colour they are as we don't show them and they all taste great laugh !

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#57698 - 11/11/07 03:42 PM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Oakie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/02
Posts: 415
Loc: Oklahoma
Yes, that is my Bantam Buff Cochin hen who one of my girls named OU. As in Oklahoma University. She was a great mother. I live in the city and had all hens until my neighbor thought chickens were neat and got a rooster. Now I have no chickens and can only live though your posts and old pictures. I miss them like crazy and can't wait till I can move somewhere where I can have all I want.
Side note on the two ducklings in the picture. They were both males and we had named them Lunch and Dinner but they became our pets and would eat right out of my hand. I took them to a duck park where I went and visited them the other day after almost 4 months. I brought some feed and goodies to give them along with the other ducks and migrating geese. I started calling to them when I got close enough to the pond and they both swam as fast as they could over to me and still would eat from me. It mad me sad but happy that they are doing so well. Muscovy ducks are great and they do taste soooo good. I do miss watching them though.

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#57699 - 11/12/07 05:36 AM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Upback Offline
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 457
Loc: Maine
Foehn,

That cartoon is a riot! I didn't get it at first, then I looked closer and realized those were ducklings! laugh

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#57700 - 11/12/07 08:10 PM Re: 'Scovies raising chicks?
Foehn Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
Yes it gets me laughing every time I look at it. I just love those two ducklings fighting over the worm as well.

I think the hen's expression says it all.

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