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Mother duck smothering babies

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Day 4 of dead duckling removal. Besides taking all babies from mother what can I do to stop the body count? Some were just hatched and others were 1 or 2 days old. She sat on 18 and 3 were killed just after hatching 2 were day old. 1 found hole in fence and neighbors dog brought it back to me, albeit dead. Have 3 eggs left, 2 that might hatch 1 I found in the water dish ice cold, but I put it back in nest just in case.

She is very protective, but is starting to let me get next to babies without taking my arm off now! Small but she hits extremely hard!

Thanks
Screen Name should have been cornfedhogeditor! Don't know what happened but it did so I'm stuck with it!!  2 RR hens, 1 RR Roo May 2014, 2 Crossed EE hens 1 Roo Oct 2014, 1 Game Hen 2 Ducks May 2015, and 6 EE Oct 2015
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Screen Name should have been cornfedhogeditor! Don't know what happened but it did so I'm stuck with it!!  2 RR hens, 1 RR Roo May 2014, 2 Crossed EE hens 1 Roo Oct 2014, 1 Game Hen 2 Ducks May 2015, and 6 EE Oct 2015
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post #2 of 4
I would bring them in and brood them.

PM Miss Lydia for some advice on that.

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

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

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post #3 of 4

Taking the ducklets is about the only thing you can do. If mom is killing them, either intentionally or a bunch accidentally, best not to leave them with her.

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That's what I was thinking. Thanks
Screen Name should have been cornfedhogeditor! Don't know what happened but it did so I'm stuck with it!!  2 RR hens, 1 RR Roo May 2014, 2 Crossed EE hens 1 Roo Oct 2014, 1 Game Hen 2 Ducks May 2015, and 6 EE Oct 2015
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Screen Name should have been cornfedhogeditor! Don't know what happened but it did so I'm stuck with it!!  2 RR hens, 1 RR Roo May 2014, 2 Crossed EE hens 1 Roo Oct 2014, 1 Game Hen 2 Ducks May 2015, and 6 EE Oct 2015
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