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Hi all, I recently inherited from my friend 4 Pekin ducks (three being female) a Cayuga female and a Muscovy. One of my Pekin went broody. At first I didn't care because she would leave them all day to forage and play but after about a week of being broody overnight she decided to stay on the nest...my wife and I haven't seen her off the nest in two weeks except when I accidentally scared her. She has a ton of eggs under her and her two sisters keep adding...apparently she's rubbing off on them because they are starting to act like her in the early stages of becoming broody. Even the Cayuga laid her very first egg since we got them a few months back! Anyway, I'm not 100% sure what to do. Hate to disturb her cus it's cold and I don't want her to leave her eggs but I also don't think she needs a million of them under her. But my biggest concern is what to do with the hatchlings if any do turn out to have been fertilized. I'm kind of tempted to let nature run it's course and leave the hatchlings with their momma but I don't want them to die from the cold or anything...suggestions???

Thanks in advance!
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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! I'm afraid I'm not a duck person but please do pop by the duck section of the forum. Here is the link ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
I'm sure the duck keepers there will be able to help you. I would say though that by letting others add to her nest the eggs will be at different stages of incubation. When/if any ducklings hatch she may abandon any unhatched to care for her hatched.

Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I'm not that familiar with ducks. But good luck with your girls. smile.png
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but definitely post on our Duck link that Yorkshire coop left with you and take advantage of our duck experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  
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  If some early eggs do hatch, she may leave the rest of them to care for her ducklings.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry, the only thing i know about ducks is how to cook 'em, but I'm sure you find all the advice you need from the duck peeps among us.

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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