Hello Again. Today is Day 32 for the nest, and guess what? I found one single egg, which has the large cracking area, and a very live duckling inside!
it is moving around and making noise! I'm super excited to see what happens but I'm leaving Mama Duck and her nest alone during this time. But I need some advice, please.
When and if this duckling ever hatches, when should I move it to a brooder, or should I leave it with Mama and try to build a corrall of sorts to separate them from the others? My gut tells me I should move it to a separate brooder area, where the other adult ducks will not trample it. Also, another duck of mine seems to be laying her eggs in the nest as well, and so I think it would be best if I deny her access to the area. I have another (unknown) duck laying but not sitting and a Khaki Campbell on about day 15 of sitting. I could just drop the gate to hold the two sitting females in, but then the unknown layer will not have access. It's getting toward Fall here and I'm not really thrilled with the idea of bringing little ones indoors.... So perhaps I should just go ahead and cull the youngest nest. This is such an exciting event for me! Im just not exactly sure what to do now....
Oh, one more thing: there seem to be at least 3 more eggs that appeared at the same stage of development when I tried to candle last week. After this one hatches and dries, should I move the other eggs to my Khaki's nest if they look like they may still hatch, or leave them with their mother, if she will continue to sit, or should I just cull what remains?
Any and all advice/thoughts are appreciated! The contributors on this site are the best!