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Rouen egg hatching

post #1 of 7
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I'm new to this so please forgive my ignorance, but I'm not sure what to do.

We've got a rouen that has been sitting on eggs for at least 28 days.

We were gathering the eggs but decided to let her sit on some to see if they would hatch. We are over 28 days since we decided to leave her eggs with her. I haven't candled any and I'm just guessing they are fertilized (the drake loves to mate more than a teenage boy). What should I do? Should I gather the eggs and start over? Is there any chance they will hatch? She didn't sit on them religiously during the first week or so, but has been very attentive to her clutch the last 3 weeks.
post #2 of 7

You need to candle them to see if there is any movement.

They might hatch late since she didn't sit on them alot during the 1st week

 

BCP

post #3 of 7
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Thank you for the response. So I'll actually be able to see movement? I've never looked at a candled egg before so I'll have to ask Google what I'm really looking for.
post #4 of 7
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Holy cow!!! There's actually babies in there. I saw some movement and vibrant blood vessels. We are actually brooding some baby ducks!!

How should I prepare for their arrival? Do I need to seperate the hen and eggs some the drake he can't mess with them? What about water and feed? What type of feed should I prepare for them?
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Holy cow!!! There's actually babies in there. I saw some movement and vibrant blood vessels. We are actually brooding some baby ducks!!:weee

How should I prepare for their arrival?
 
Have you read the Raising Ducklings Sticky yet?
 
Do I need to seperate the hen and eggs some the drake he can't mess with them? Yes - and be aware that sometimes, some ducks will attack their own littles.  Just be aware and watch closely when the time comes.
What about water and feed?  Something shallow they cannot get stuck in, but that she can drink from . . . I think some more experienced people like @Miss Lydia and @Orca5094 could give a better answer
What type of feed should I prepare for them? The first day after hatching I don't think they'll eat - - - they still have yolk to digest, if I recall correctly.  But a starter crumble should be fine for mom and ducklings for the first week or so, I would think.  

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by bayou bird View Post

Holy cow!!! There's actually babies in there. I saw some movement and vibrant blood vessels. We are actually brooding some baby ducks!!

How should I prepare for their arrival? Do I need to seperate the hen and eggs some the drake he can't mess with them? What about water and feed? What type of feed should I prepare for them?

I am so glad you saw movement! That means you will have baby ducklings soon!

Were the eggs mostly dark? That means they are after day 18 and are almost ready to hatch.

Please keep us updated on babies.

I always separate the mom and babies to a separate pen with a kiddie pool(Because if they are left on the pond the turtles get them:hit)

Then you just feed them chick starter.  But keep them safe from predators.

Is this your first time seeing baby ducklings?

If you need any help ask @MissLydia she knows alot about waterfowl.

 

BCP

post #7 of 7
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Yes, this is my first time. They looked pretty dark. Some looked like they were more mature than others, but overall I feel pretty good about their survival up to this point. I plan to seperate hen and babies and provide some type of duckling appropriate starter feed. I've done a bit of homework on this site to help me prepare. I'd be lost with the forums input!!
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