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Indian Runners that didn't follow instructions ...

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Having been told my runners wouldn't sit - they did!

 

... the first started sitting as soon as she had 2 eggs.  Then she started stealing the other ducks' eggs until she had a pile of about 20.  After about 3 weeks sitting another duck also decided she was broody and they have been sitting together sharing the nest (a very modern family with 2 mums!)  Today is Friday - Wednesday 1 hatched, and yesterday another - both mums seem very proud of themselves! 

 

However, my question is - because she sat from the first egg ... will the whole clutch still hatch in the same window - 72 hours-ish? Or might they actually hatch over the same period it took for her to lay and steal them all?  I don't want to leave dead rotting eggs around the new ducklings, but I don't want to discard a healthy developing egg that's further behind in its growing process.  How long should I wait and leave the other eggs?  Does any one have any advice? 

 

Thank you!!

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Your not alone My Indian runner hen went broody too this year.
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I always wait a couple days then candle and see what's going on.
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3 days later...number 3 duckling has appeared 🐣
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...and this morning there was number 4. So far this has taken 6 days - a very staggered clutch!
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No more since then.  But both mums sharing the parenting responsibilities equally :-)  

 

Parents are white runners and either a black runner or a black Cayuga - each duckling is black with a yellow bib, and all are upright.  I have inadvertently hatched penguins!   

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