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Hen pecking her babies (ducklings)...

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Need help!  I let a broody hen hatch out duck eggs.  I read about it and it seemed like it's been done and people had success with it.  I've never had ducks and only other time I hatched chicks I did it with a broody.  Don't want to mess with incubators, brooders, etc. and like to let it happen naturally.  Anyway, the ducklings hatched on Thursday and all seemed well until this morning.  I went out to check on everyone and give fresh water.  Hen and ducklings were wandering around their area and I noticed a wound on one ducklings back.  Then I observed my hen pecking the babies.  It was quite hard and they would squeal and run away.  Several times she had some down in her beak.  I am super disappointed.  This is her first time being a mom.  We removed her from the pen and added a heat light for warmth for the babies.  We are in Texas and it has been warm so I think they will be okay outside.  The funny thing is she is desperate to get back to them!  She's pacing around the area and doing a very distressed clucking.  I really don't know what to do.  When I put her back in she starts the pecking again.  Any advice would be appreciated!

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First time moms don't always make good moms. I personally would remove them and brood them myself. Next time she may do better, or maybe it's because they are ducks.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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