Advice urgently needed please.....
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You should probably fence the drake off now before any hatch just to be safe. The ducklings should hatch fine if the mother did her job well but even then you may get one that just doesn't want to hatch right. If an egg or two is left in unhatched a day or two after all the others have then you'll want to take if to try and save it. I link an article of assisting hatched for you ( it's about helping chicks hatch but it works the same for ducklings). But like I said the eggs should hatch fine. Also if the mother pushes out an egg that seems like perfectly healthy, leave it, I read a story a little while of someone helping a duckling hatch after the mother had pushed it out only to find that the duckling's legs were deformed beyond hope. The mothers know whats best and if she pushes out an egg or two there's probably a good reason why. Good luck with the babies!
I am in the same situation. This Thursday will be exactly 4 weeks since by momma duck starting sitting on the first eggs. She and the other female continued to lay eggs for several more days. I don't think she is still laying, but my 2nd female has continued to occasionally lay more eggs in the same nest during this whole time. My momma duck is still with the other female who is not sitting and the drake. We plan to separate the drake tomorrow, but should I also keep the other female all others grown ducks away. We have 4 others that currently separated from the original 3 because my drake is a bully to them since we just got them this year and he is 2 years older.
Will the momma continue to sit on all eggs until the all hatch or she eventually kicks them out bc something is not right with them? The last I counted, there were at least 16 eggs in nest, but may be more now since the other female continues to lay. Is it advised to keep momma and ducklings in the coup and the others in the fenced yard as long as all have access to their own food and water supply??
Hi I'm not entirely sure what you should do as I am a first time duck keeper, but if it were me I would seperate the duck that is sitting and make a coup for her to sit in peace without being disturbed and I would keep her in with any other females that you think are sitting or likely to sit on their eggs So they can sit on their eggs together (providing it's not too small a coup). Is it the first time your Mumma duck has gone broody?
She has been laying eggs since last fall, but first time for her to go broody. I got my original ducks about 2 years ago & knew nothing about them. I have been learning as I go. We have lost many to predators so this is the first time I've had one go broody. I welcome any advice or shared experience as these ducklings should be here any day now!!
Edited by chayne4 - 6/7/16 at 11:06pm
Sorry for the late reply, I've been out of town! The ducklings should all be walking around and eating by now so if you want you can take the mom away or give them another day. If she's still on the nest and you haven't seen any babies out from underneath her then shoo her off for a second and see how many have hatched and how, if any, are left to hatch. If there's some newborns, like ducklings that aren't walking yet then keep the mom with them for a few more days until all babies have hatched and are walking and eating. Again sorry for taking so long!