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So Im knew with broody ducks and I have a welsh harlequin who's been sitting on two eggs for at least 4 weeks now. She's been doing so good barely leaving the nest. I hatched some ducklings from and incubator and they are about 4 weeks old now. The big ducks still pick on them pretty bad so I have the pen separated. I knew the eggs should be getting close to hatching but I was afraid my other adult ducks would kill them when they hatched because they are all in the same house. So I moved her and her nest into a different house in the pen with ducklings. She sat on the her best all last yesterday through the night and this morning but when I got home from work she was laying in the yard and the eggs were cold. Did I just like completely ruin everything she's been doing for the past month or what?? I read somewhere that sometimes they sit on the nest less when the eggs r close to hatching. But they were cold to touch. I'm really going to kick myself if I screwed everything up moving her and eggs. Anyone have any experience with this? Any advice is welcome! I was really looking forward to watching her raise her ducklings sad.png
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quote name="Hilfox84" url="/t/1100186/broody-duck-hatching/0_10#post_16918437"]So Im knew with broody ducks and I have a welsh harlequin who's been sitting on two eggs for at least 4 weeks now. She's been doing so good barely leaving the nest. I hatched some ducklings from and incubator and they are about 4 weeks old now. The big ducks still pick on them pretty bad so I have the pen separated. I knew the eggs should be getting close to hatching but I was afraid my other adult ducks would kill them when they hatched because they are all in the same house. So I moved her and her nest into a different house in the pen with ducklings. She sat on the her best all last yesterday through the night and this morning but when I got home from work she was laying in the yard and the eggs were cold. Did I just like completely ruin everything she's been doing for the past month or what?? I read somewhere that sometimes they sit on the nest less when the eggs r close to hatching. But they were cold to touch. I'm really going to kick myself if I screwed everything up moving her and eggs. Anyone have any experience with this? Any advice is welcome! I was really looking forward to watching her raise her ducklings sad.png[/quote]

Assuming that you said 4 weeks, that she's been sitting on them for 28 days.
She most likely abandoned the nest because she felt threatened when you moved her.
If you have an incubator I would try putting the eggs in there for a few days and see what happens

I don't think the other adult ducks would've killed her ducklings.
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quote name="Hilfox84" url="/t/1100186/broody-duck-hatching/0_10#post_16918437"]So Im knew with broody ducks and I have a welsh harlequin who's been sitting on two eggs for at least 4 weeks now. She's been doing so good barely leaving the nest. I hatched some ducklings from and incubator and they are about 4 weeks old now. The big ducks still pick on them pretty bad so I have the pen separated. I knew the eggs should be getting close to hatching but I was afraid my other adult ducks would kill them when they hatched because they are all in the same house. So I moved her and her nest into a different house in the pen with ducklings. She sat on the her best all last yesterday through the night and this morning but when I got home from work she was laying in the yard and the eggs were cold. Did I just like completely ruin everything she's been doing for the past month or what?? I read somewhere that sometimes they sit on the nest less when the eggs r close to hatching. But they were cold to touch. I'm really going to kick myself if I screwed everything up moving her and eggs. Anyone have any experience with this? Any advice is welcome! I was really looking forward to watching her raise her ducklings sad.png

Assuming that you said 4 weeks, that she's been sitting on them for 28 days.
She most likely abandoned the nest because she felt threatened when you moved her.
If you have an incubator I would try putting the eggs in there for a few days and see what happens

I don't think the other adult ducks would've killed her ducklings.[/quote]

It could be more than 4 weeks. She started nesting before my incubated eggs hatched. I was just nervous bc my other ducks r so rough with the ducklings I have now. I'm really upset with myself. I should have just left her alone.
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