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My muscovey!
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kerri    Posted 05-05-2003 at 12:55:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to Tom and Okie-Dokie for the responses to my "cry for help". Now I have a few very "stupid" questions. My muscovey has 2 babies and they are doing well. Will she take care of their feeding and watering? Do I need to put out starter mash or will the mother just feed them her food? I put out a small dish of water as I'm sure they can not reach up into the mother's dish. The nesting box sits up off the ground and we have a ramp that goes up into it. Will the babies make it up and down the ramp? As you can tell this is our first natural hatch ( we've always used an incubator) and we are oblivious. Thanks for any and all help!

Tom A    Posted 05-06-2003 at 03:00:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Kerri:

The answer is sort of "it depends." According to my wife (the brains of this operation) muscoveys are well known as good mothers, and given resources she'll teach the babies all they need to know.

*But* the catch is given resources. If they only have access to prepared feed in feeders that are too tall, the mom can't lift her babies up to it...but if they've got access to enough free-range, she'll take them and teach them to forage. Same with water, so your idea of giving them smaller waterer is right since they can't get to the bigger one yet. So trust her instincts but help where needed.

good luck,

Sid    Posted 05-05-2003 at 19:34:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
A little help doesn't hurt but I am sure you will find they do quite well for such little fellars.

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