Muscovy ducks are not only good egg layers but also these are easier to raise and care for. These ducks are a popular choice among farmers who want to control pest, insects, worms etc. in their farms. These may not be the most common choice for duck raising, but you simply cannot ignore their importance. This article will provide you a brief on how to raise Muscovy ducks.
Muscovy ducks, below the age of three months should be kept in an enclosed and clean area. If possible, you should provide them with a heating lamp or pad as ducks at this age are incapable of producing body heat themselves. Till this age, you need not provide them with ample amount of water. Just provide sufficient amount of water for drinking and for wetting their feet’s or head. You should ensure that continuous access of water should be provided to them at this age. Primary diet of mascovy ducks should consist of one part of water to one part of egg crumbles.
When your ducks crosses three weeks of age, then its time to keep them in a bigger area and provide them a baby pool. Make sure that they do not get submerged in it, keep shallow water. Add scratch gain to their daily diet and allow them to loiter around, but keep a watch.
When your ducks are in the age group of 6-12 weeks, you need to relax a bit and need not worry about them much. Just provide them with a big and a safe place and you will be done. Avoid fencing that might hurt your ducks. Provide them unlimited access to the baby pool and to drinking water.
Muscovy ducklings, after completing their 12 weeks, become adults. At this age they can fly and lift by themselves. Ducklings grow a bit mature in this age and search for their own food. Moreover, they gain expertise in flying and swimming. They start becoming aware of various other living being and understanding environment.
One thing you must ensure that you should raise the Muscovy ducks in groups. Raising Muscovy Ducks in flocks will boost up their rate of growth and survival. If you raise them in isolation, it’s not only the mental health of the duck that will suffer, but their physical health will also take a hit. Try to increase the bonding between the ducks.