When the babies hatch, they are wet and weak. It doesn't take but a mere 24 hours or so from the time they all hatch that Mama and brood emerge from the nest. Here is Mama Elsa and her babies on the first walk-about. After 30 minutes or so in the grass, they go right off to the canal. It's amazing!
How does a city girl, find herself hatching & raising wild Muscovy ducks?? Read the story of 15 eggs that lost their mother when a 30 pound raccoon killed her. The eggs conquered the odds to become My Muscovy Duck's Tale.