Raising Ducks

Getting Started


    1. Hi Colleen,

      Sorry for the late reply. I don’t think it would be an issue. Some people say not to hatch eggs from a female on antibiotics, but many people incubate eggs from hens on antibiotics anyway and have no problems.

      But if it’s just the drake on antibiotics, that’s shouldn’t be a problem.


    1. Mating has nothing to do with laying eggs. Ducks will lay eggs even they have never seen a drake in their life. The eggs just won’t be able to hatch.

      But in general, Muscovy ducks are old enough to start mating around four months of age and old enough to lay around six months.


  1. Two of the ducklings have a curled foot. They are about 24 hours old. I made a splint that I saw online and it helps a bit, but I’m looking for advice. Are splints available commercially? Are splints effective? I want to help these babies.

    Caroline Domenig
    1. I don’t know of any commercial duckling splints.

      I’ve never had a duckling with a curled foot, so I don’t have personal experience, but from what I’ve heard, yes, splints are highly effective.

      If you think yours isn’t helping enough, I’ve seen several designs online, so you might try something else. It just needs to hold the foot flat in the correct position. The main design I’ve heard of is taping the duckling’s foot (with sports tape) to a small piece of carboard.

      Curled toes can take 4-14 days to cure.

      Have you read this? https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

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