Kimmi did good. They are a beautiful pair. The seller even gave her a free dozen muscovy hatching eggs.
Wild muscovy nest in tree cavities like wood ducks. I remember the milk cans, but if they nested elsewhere I don't remember. More research as I'll have to get something set up for them pronto; tis' the season. The eggs I got are extra large eggs when compared to chickens-that's why I will use the turkey hen to brood them. My bantams could not set more than four or five.Wow, I don't know. A friend of mine had them. She had the hens building nests on the second story deck.
I've seen videos of wood ducklings leaping from the tree nest. Hilarious seeing them bounce off whatever they fall on and not get hurt. Back when I was a kid we had a bantam brood in an old pigeon nest up by the barn steeple; way up-at one time our barn was the tallest in the county. When the chicks hatched they jumped to the mow floor and survived. The floor was covered in hay, but even so...I did not know that about the tree nests. Can you imagine a baby having to make that big leap?
That's it. I remembered seeing ducklings dropping out of tree nest but couldn't remember what they were.I've seen videos of wood ducklings leaping from the tree nest. Hilarious seeing them bounce off whatever they fall on and not get hurt. Back when I was a kid we had a bantam brood in an old pigeon nest up by the barn steeple; way up-at one time our barn was the tallest in the county. When the chicks hatched they jumped to the mow floor and survived. The floor was covered in hay, but even so...
If it's the one I remember it is a type of goose; I don't remember what kind, but the geese nested on cliff sides to protect the nests from predators. GOOGLE IT!---Barnacle geese.Science for the win, right Dan? Those little babies don’t have enough weight to them, comparable to their little squishy rubbery size anyway- add in wings and they’re regular bouncing balls with rudders!
But in seriousness, I’ve watched those videos too- and it always blows my mind! There is one type of bird I saw on one of the nature shows- .... shoot, can’t remember right now. But, a big big type bird, but slow growing, and they have to jump down these huuuuuuuge cliffs and bounce and roll and flop to the bottom- like 100s of feet! Apparently in that extreme instance they don’t always make it, but the fact that even one has EVER made that leap and survived is incredible to me. I’ll have to see if I can recall what type. Hmm.
These also seem docile, friendly, and personable. I have named them Betty and Boop. I also saw Betty checking out a large dog crate nest site I've provided. So far they seem to get along with everything-dogs and kids too. They seem like bumbling, gentle giants by my small birds.Nice Muscovy pics Dan. I have some, they are prolific, sturdy and entertaining. If you use the kiddie pools, you will probably need a couple and they will need dumped and refilled daily. Muscovies can trash the water in minutes. I would keep your nests as low as practical.
Thank you for your reply. I had not considered roosts for them even though I know that wild muscovies roost and nest in trees. Is there any particular type of roost you'd recommend? Natural branches?They are lovely. I have 3 hens. Put up roosts they like to roost at night like a chicken. Clip their wings or they will fly out of your pen. They have very sharp claws too so wear gloves if you handle them they can give you a bad scratch.