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HELP!! I am moving and my darn Pekin is brooding a nest of eggs!

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So here's the situation...

 

I just bought a new house and I can not stress enough how badly I want to get out of the place we are renting now. (Ive been practicing my tetris skills packing everything for a family of 6 by myself)

 

But the day before yesterday my male Pekin Howard decided to follow me back into the house. But I didn't see his girl Beverly anywhere...both of which are odd. So I gently shooed Howie back outside and had to look good and hard to find Bev...

 

Bev...my ducky who was not supposed to be old enough to even lay eggs until mid Oct. Sitting on a clutch of eggs...

 

She only had 10 in there (first pic below) and didn't seem to mind me being close to her, I even stroked her neck and back a little and she stood up long enough to show her clutch but didn't run away. By the next day she had 3 more eggs in the nest and now she is definitely keeping them temperature controlled. (I live in az and it's actually only about 97 at the high point. So she has a pretty lazy job once early afternoon starts up. But she's right back on them when it starts to cool off)

 

So I have a huge issue here. I am moving the animals out by Wednesday at the latest and I have no incubator. So I was thinking of using a covered kitty pan and trying to move the whole nest into it and then her and the nest to my new yard.

 

Does anyone have any ideas or perhaps success stories with this? She's been brooding for a few days now and I want to at least try and save her babies.

 

Is it ok to move the eggs out of the nest so I can move the nest safely first and then replace the eggs? (I know to put them back in in the same position they were in before)

Do I need to wear gloves when I handle the eggs or will she not mind since she doesn't consider me a threat?

Can I encourage her to sit down on the nest once we move it and her in anyway? (I might have to move the nest and her separately, it depends on how cooperative she is)

 

ANY help would certainly be appreciated. THANKS!!

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So here's the situation...

I just bought a new house and I can not stress enough how badly I want to get out of the place we are renting now. (Ive been practicing my tetris skills packing everything for a family of 6 by myself)

But the day before yesterday my male Pekin Howard decided to follow me back into the house. But I didn't see his girl Beverly anywhere...both of which are odd. So I gently shooed Howie back outside and had to look good and hard to find Bev...

Bev...my ducky who was not supposed to be old enough to even lay eggs until mid Oct. Sitting on a clutch of eggs...

She only had 10 in there (first pic below) and didn't seem to mind me being close to her, I even stroked her neck and back a little and she stood up long enough to show her clutch but didn't run away. By the next day she had 3 more eggs in the nest and now she is definitely keeping them temperature controlled. (I live in az and it's actually only about 97 at the high point. So she has a pretty lazy job once early afternoon starts up. But she's right back on them when it starts to cool off)

So I have a huge issue here. I am moving the animals out by Wednesday at the latest and I have no incubator. So I was thinking of using a covered kitty pan and trying to move the whole nest into it and then her and the nest to my new yard.

Does anyone have any ideas or perhaps success stories with this? She's been brooding for a few days now and I want to at least try and save her babies.

Is it ok to move the eggs out of the nest so I can move the nest safely first and then replace the eggs? Yes.(I know to put them back in in the same position they were in before)
Do I need to wear gloves when I handle the eggs or will she not mind since she doesn't consider me a threat? Wash your hands first. She will not abandon the eggs because you touched them.
Can I encourage her to sit down on the nest once we move it and her in anyway? This may not work; moving a broody bird is always uncertain. Put the nest and eggs in the kitty box now and leave it in the same location. Then when she has to be moved to a new location put the kitty box with the nest, eggs, and hen in a dog carrier. This might help minimize the move. Good luck.(I might have to move the nest and her separately, it depends on how cooperative she is)

ANY help would certainly be appreciated. Maybe another member will have better advice for you.THANKS!!
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@geist3047  , nchls school has offered what I would suggest - with broody ducks, there is no way to be sure how they will take it.  She may take it all in stride, or she may abandon the nest, in which case having a backup incubator (perhaps you could borrow one) would enable you to finish the hatch, if that's what you want.

 

Ain't that just the way, with animals????  Sheesh.  Prayers.

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