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Broody chicken taking Broody Pekin Ducks eggs

post #1 of 4
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Hi,

 

I have a very broody pekin duck (Betsy) and a very broody chicken (Bombay).  I have no rooster therefore my chickens eggs aren't fertile.  The duck has been sitting on about 12 fertile eggs for a couple of weeks and now the chicken has set up a nest right next to Betsy.  The chicken has now taken all of Betsy's eggs into her nest and Betsy is still sitting on 'nothing'.  What should I do???  I was going to get some fertile eggs for Bombay to sit on - do you think that would be the best solution so Betsy can sit on her own eggs again?

 

Thanks in advance.

Deb

post #2 of 4
Hi, it may be problematic to have two birds raising chicks at the same time if you do not have the appropriate set up to accommodate the two groups separately - this is my thought for chickens at least - maybe other members may have more to add in light of chicken and ducks.

All the best in whatever you decide

Ct
Nairobi, Kenya
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thanks for the feedback CTKen, definitely food for thought.  THey all usually live in the same house so I'm thinking I might create two large nesting boxes in the house and move their nests over so they are separated….will that be ok do you think?

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You are welcome. Your plan seems fine but perhaps more crucially is what provisions you put in place once the chicks grow and need more space. I have no experience with ducks but for the chickens I would think they will need to be separated for 4 to 6 weeks before they are less likely to be attacked by the other mother.

To be honest it's not a route I would go down. One mother with chicks is less hassle and likely to be more successful.

Good luck on whatever route you choose

Ct
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