Hello! Tell me please, indouput sat on the eggs. In the evening she goes swimming and eating, and the drake begins to trample her. Question: is this normal or should it be fenced off? Thank. (Olga)
A duck that sits on eggs must be separate from all other relatives during the entire incubation period. And even more so it must be separated from the drake. During this period, the bird should be at rest, it can not be disturbed and subjected to stress. Otherwise, it can negatively affect the mind of the hen and the brooding process is disturbed.
As for the male, his behavior is understandable, because this duck could be his "favorite". Musk drakes are generally very selective for females. But for the period of incubation in any case, the hen should be isolated from all external stimuli.
The mating process often violates maternal instinct and the duck can abandon the clutch. It is best to let go for a walk and eat a hen in a place where in general she will not see her relatives.
If you want to know more interesting information about these poultry, then we suggest reading the article "Muscovy duck in the yard: breeding secrets and maintenance" on our website.