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I did a terrible thing! Now what?

post #1 of 5
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OOPS!

 

I have three muscovies that have been sitting on a huge batch of eggs since mid april.  I had given them what I thought (based on my count) was more than enough time to hatch any out if they were going to and went tonight to take the eggs away,  The ducks are about a year old and have never sat on eggs before so I assumed something had gone wrong. 

 

APPARENTLY NOT.

 

So I took all the eggs away and went to crack one open to see how far along it was and there was a live duckling inside who had actually already started pecking his way out. By the time I realized it was alive, I had already really busted the shell so I helped it out (I know I wasn't supposed to but I tried to put it back towards the hen but she pushed it away).  Anyway, it hatched just fine and is alive and resting in a brooder inside.  I tried to offer it to the mama duck but she tried to bite me, probably rightly protecting the rest of her babies. 

 

The drake already stepped on him and when the mama bit me, she bit the baby too as it was in my hand.  

 

So now what? If the other babies hatch, can I give this one back to her? Is there a possibility she will accept it or will I have to raise it inside? How should I try to reintegrate it into the flock? And when?

post #2 of 5
Try to slide it underneath her in the dark when she's sleeping tonight. Do it while she can't really see and when she wakes up tomorrow she'll assume it hatched with the rest of her eggs. Glad you were able to save the little one!

If you aren't able to get it back under her, take another one and brood those two yourself. That way the little guy will have a friend.
Edited by Pyxis - 6/2/16 at 8:19pm
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I'll give that a shot, thank you.  I really don't want to hand raise a baby!


Edited by Skcup - 6/2/16 at 8:16pm
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Ah, the duckling died. I'm not sure what happened, maybe he wasn't quite ready to come out. Sad. i hope the rest are ok and I haven't screwed any more up :(

post #5 of 5
Sorry you lost him hugs.gif
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