One of our Muscovy ducks, Kayley, has been taking morning visits into the bush. I suspect that she is laying her eggs there and hopefully she'll be hatching out some new ducklings soon.
Limey had a little look to see if he could find them. If she's laying, she's hid them well because his search turned up nothing. That's okay because one of our new ducks has started to lay in her house.
The great thing about Muscoveys is that they are pretty self-sufficient. They forage well for themselves and they are quite capable of hatching out eggs and rearing the young. In the warm months, we make sure they have clean water and leave them to it. In the winter we give them feed and let them sleep in the barn.
They are quiet, great slug catchers and produce a dark, non-greasy meat. I real enjoy raising them and can't wait to have a bunch of ducklings waddling around the farm.
I have a question for those of you that raise waterfowl. Can I run my ducks in the same area as the Buff American geese I'm buying? Will they get along? Will they interbreed?