10 Days overdue!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by grandma duck, May 24, 2012.

  1. grandma duck

    grandma duck In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    My Pekin has been sitting on a dozen eggs for 38 days now. I think there are no ducklings in them. (They are not "clear" when I try to candle, but no changes in 20 days, no movement, etc.)

    Do I call it time, and remove her from her duty??

    What is the best way to do that? Just remove them when she gets off the nest for her evening swim? I don't want to traumatize her, but I don't want stinky explosions under her, either.

    We had a goose who would sit - on anything! Rocks, peach pits - she was very broody. I always removed the egg of the day, but finally had to shut the gate to the pen so she would quit sitting.
    Should I shut the gate after the eggs are gone, or just play it by ear and see what she does. I really think she will be relieved once she knows she is free again. It is getting hot here.

    I'll just order ducklings if I want them. [​IMG]
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    At 38 days, I'd remove the eggs and set that lady free!

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