questions from an excited duck-newb!
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It sounds as if your hen is thinking about going broody. When she starts pulling feathers to add to the nest you will know that she is even closer to setting. Many times a hen will hover over the eggs without completely setting prior to going broody. She knows what she is doing through her genetic programing. once she starts setting is there any possibility of putting the drake in a separate crate at night facing hers so that they can see one another? Many if not most drakes especially in a pair type situation can actually be attentive parents. Note how he reacts to the ducklings and then determine if you feel that it is safe to leave him with them unsupervised.
Somehow I get the feeling that you are a bit excited. Best wishes for a successful hatch.
thanks for the reassurance! i will watch for roac to start adding feathers to the nest, for sure. i'm not sure about the drake. the drake has just hung around quietly today, but maybe i'll get another dog crate just in case...
hah, i am so ridiculously excited, i can't even. which is sort of silly, because i know my hen could stop sitting at any time. roac definitely waddles to the beat of their own drum. what a character, omg.
You might want to get a 'back up' incubator just in case. This can help lead to another set of hatching addictions. Yeah, I am an enabler.
haha, funny story...my hen stopped sitting. :( so i started saving up eggs to try again, wondering whether my hen could be trusted with them, and my friend said i could borrow her chicken hen! she has been sitting for over a week! so i am very excited, as you can imagine. anyway, i shall post belated updates as i make it to the internet. and hopefully, cute pics of ducklings if all goes well.