Duck sitting on eggs about 1 week apart

By shortchic95 · Jun 15, 2019 · ·
  1. shortchic95
    Hey everyone this is my first time letting my duck hatch her own eggs. I'm fairly new to having chickens and ducks. I have never hatched eggs before and honestly it's been a long time since I had babies so I'm very inexperienced.
    The problem that I'm having right now is that.. she is laying on two eggs that she laid on May 31st , I candled them they are growing beautifully.
    I have her in her own coop with plenty of food and water so I haven't really had to mess with her or go in there.
    Well, today I went to go check on the viability of the eggs. When I went to go candled him I found two more eggs so a total of 4 eggs right now. In the first two eggs that were laid on the 31st, I saw today a little duck foot wiggling around in both. In the new eggs I can see that they are around 5 to 7 days old.

    Do I need to take the new eggs out? I've never incubated eggs so that's not really an option.
    Will the mama continue to sit on the new eggs after the older eggs have already hatched? And then what happens to the babies that are already hatched, will the mom take care of them the way that she needs to?

    I'm sorry this post is long I just I'm not sure what to do. Hopefully someone can help me!

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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  1. RichL
    I am no expert, just sharing what I would do, assuming you want four more ducks.

    I would call the local 4-H club or ASPCA to see if there is an incubator available for borrowing or rent. Or considering that you have time, making a Styrofoam cooler incubator. There are plenty of how too’s here in Backyard Chickens and most can be made for around $20.

    Get the incubator set up and running a few days before the two eggs are expected to hatch (28-30 days from day laid). Make sure the temp is stable at 100 deg F or 37.5 C and humidity greater than 70%.

    Monitor mamma duck. If she continues to sit on the two late arrivals after her babies hatch, great. If she starts leaving the nest to tend to the babies, wrap the reaming eggs in a warm wet cloth or paper towel and transfer to the incubator for the final week or so. They won’t need turning because by this point the embryos should be positioning themselves to puncture the air sack and begin pipping in the next few days.

    Once hatched the latecomers may need 2 or 3 weeks to catch up with their siblings before they can be re-introduced to their flock. Just monitor to see if the bigger ducklings chase and peck them or accept them. If you need to keep them separated for a while, let them exercise/play together daily with supervision.
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