Garden bug patrol

bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)May 29, 2012

The newest bug patrol members arrived yesterday. I have 5 female muscovy ducks and this nest nobody wanted to sit on so decided to incubate the eggs in my home build cabinet incubator. There were 25 eggs in the nest but 7 turned out not to be fertilized. Of the remaining 18 13 have hatched and are doing well. They really are a great asset to the garden.....they are voracious bug eaters that only really need feeding in the winter.

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katkin_gw

How cute!! I wish I could have ducks or chickens. :o)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:44AM
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loufloralcityz9

Wills,

You are doing a fantastic job at incubating the quail and duck eggs in your home made incubator. The hatch rate you get from hatching abandoned nest eggs is amazing. Muscovy duck eggs are not easy to hatch in an incubator.

Lou

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 9:06AM
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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

Sweetness! I wish I could have some! I think they are quieter than chickens and therefore more likely to get past my HOA -but they are larger and take more care so it's a catch 22 for me. Besides they don't lay as many eggs. LOL> we eat a LOT of eggs here.

Beauties you have there. Congrats!

Barbie

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 2:49PM
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jellybobelly(Orlando 9B)

Awwwww, they are adorable. What an amazing thing you've done. Bravo!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 2:53PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

They are so cute! Congratulations and I am sure they are a great asset in the garden.

Silvia

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 6:18PM
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keiki(10 FL)

How wonderful!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:54PM
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wallisadi

that is so cool! we have the wild "wood ducks" here, live up in the big water oaks. had four babies skirting across the garden a few mornings ago. so weird seeing ducks so far up in those trees!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 6:00AM
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zackey(GA 8b)

They are really cute! I just read about them yesterday! Not sure if they could out run or fly away from the loosed dogs that roam the neighborhood. Otherwise I'd probably get some. Do you haved to have a pond for them?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 10:43AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

No pond needed for muscovies. Mine have no pond and I keep them fenced off from the lake I live on due to the alligators. They just need deepish drinking water containers so they can submerge their entire bill. They are almost completely silent, no quack from them at all just an excited breathy hiss noise.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 5:40PM
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