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Introducing incubator-hatched ducklings to mom and her babies

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We have 1momma duck with at least 5babies naturally hatched, 2 days old. We've got another 4 ducklings hatched from incubator, 5 days old. Is it safe to add incubator babies to the ones with momma? If so, when and how?
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I know it can work for chickens, but i know nothing about ducks, I'm afraid. I'd suggest posting your question on the "Duck" forum, as the experts there will be best placed to advise you.

 

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CT

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I would watch her closely to see that she truly accepts them.  I don't know anything about ducks.  If a chicken hen accepts them she will tuck them in underneath her to keep them warm.  Maybe you should ask on the duck thread first.

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At 5 days old, I would be leery of trying that... ducks are much more finicky about adopting... the ducklings tend to imprint quickly so they may not recognize her as a momma... and if they don't stop crying she may attack them in frustration...

Ducks seem to communicate a lot more with their brood before they hatch, bonding while still in shell... if they were just hatched, I might try it... but I know my Calls have wanted to try to take in other ducklings, but it got rather frantic when the older ones kept freaking out...
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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

 

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