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My muscovey
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kerri    Posted 03-31-2003 at 08:21:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My muscovey is still laying eggs but they are infertile. (no male) I have obtained some fertile eggs. Can I set them under her or will they be too old by the time she sits? Please help! I am receiving conflicting information.
Kerri


Red Dave    Posted 03-31-2003 at 09:09:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Tom A, my experience is with chickens too, but if she'll sit on them, what do you have to lose?


Tom A    Posted 03-31-2003 at 08:49:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kerri:

I don't have duck experience, but do have some with chickens...the exact days will differ, but I suspect the same general principles will apply. Somebody may correct me, but in the interest of time here's what I think:

Hatchability varies with time. It actually *increases* for a day or two; in other words, it is better if an egg "ages" a couple of days after laying before it is incubated. After that initial time period, hatchability begins to decline some each day.

So with chickens, the best hatchability is gained by using eggs about 2 days old, but even week-old eggs will still give adequate hatchability if they've been properly stored (about 50 degrees, fairly high humidity. Also helps if they're turned daily during storage).

So if the eggs aren't *too* old and have been handled and stored well, it may be worth a shot letting your hen set them. But if they're very much older than that, or were stored at too high or low a temperature, they are likely dead or dying and will just spoil so you'll be wasting your time.

Tom A


TB    Posted 03-31-2003 at 08:42:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ducks?


Mike    Posted 06-08-2004 at 18:45:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A little over a year ago someone dropped off 13 muscovey ducks at a pond accross the street from my business. Summer of 2003 and trhey found out that I was a soft touch. They all did fine summer and fall and around Thanksgiving we begain to notice some were missing and then around Christmas the same was true and then after newyears there were only six around. Well we made sure that the other businesses around us knew that they were coming up missing. Well there were two hens and four drakes and Bill the big black/brown drake begain to mate with the two hens sometimes right on our property. We named the two hens Gg ( for Gorgus girl she was white with black streeks very gorgous. and then Pritty Girl she's black with black feet and just some white on some of her wings. Gg laied first and I found her nest(9 acres to nest in) she laied 10 eggs and set on them for two weeks the she was gone and so was elvis and quare pant sponge bob the nest was sacked and I never seen her again. Left was Pritty girl,Bill, and white boy.Bill and Pritty Girl fly and I'm sure that's what saved them. Then Pritty Girl laied 14 eggs and put her nest in a much better place. I feed her and watered her every day and then removed the food and water when I went home of an evening. She went full term and hatch out 11 ducklings so we constructed a pin for her and the little ones. The first day she brought them out of the nest and showed us all we couldn't catch her before she took the to the pond and we waited until dark but she wouldn't come out on land so we could gather them up. The next morning she met us across the street from our business in the tall weeds and grasses and had her ducklings with her. But I was sure she had a lost look about her and as I got closer and begain to count the were six. So I got the pet carrier I brought and put the ducklings in it and took them to the pen we made and they are all fine now. They will be two weeks old Friday the 11th of June. I know the story is hard to hear but at least there safe and well feed. It's becouse you have a Muscovey and we know how you must feel about them that I take the time to send this. wee'll let you know what else happens, Mike


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