I have 3 pekins(?) and 1 runner, every morning I go out to collect my eggs and they have all laid them in the same nest. They are covered and warm. My runner and one of the others tend to take turns being the last duck out of the barn and by the temp of the eggs somebody has been setting on them. My question is when I'm ready to hatch ducklings will one be the primary setter or will they take turns? They are taking turns laying on the nest. I don't have a male right now but will be borrowing one from a friend this week for the purpose of raising ducklings. This is my first time with ducks I raised these from duckling gotten at the feed store last spring. It is cold here and I still get 4 eggs a day. So they are healthy and happy. Thanks
Nest sharing and setting duck
- Overrun with Runners
Welcome to the Duck Forum, @Duck Mommie
Not easy to know how the ducks will do with brooding. I have two or three broodies in my flock of Runners and Buffs. But sometimes they'll start and give up after a few days. Then again, Sechs sat for over two months a couple of years ago. Sechs and Elf shared a nest a few years ago. But they have sat on duds, since I did not want to hatch ducklings. But since I might some day, I want to know who is going to be a reliable broody.
I think I'd make sure I could borrow a good incubator just in case they give up.
I'm new at this, just got them in April and it has been a wonderful learning experience. They are such a family, watching out for each other and caring if something is wrong. The all lay their eggs in the same nest, Don't know will just have to wait and see. I have another question for anyone out there. I've turned the internet upside down and can't get an answer. I know that soybeans have to be roasted or boiled before they are fed to them. But what about the actual growing plant. My "Honey" salvaged a 5 gal bucket full from spillage after harvest and I've been boiling and grinding them up for a treat, have not made a dent in the bucket. If they can forage the green plants I would be able to use the seeds in a productive manner. I just can't waste them. Would appreciate any info I can get. They are my babies and really don't want to do anything that could harm them.