14 Eggs in nest

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sue S, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Sue S

    Sue S Songster

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    I posted a question on Tuesday about adding Pekins to my flock, I haven't gotten them yet, my husband convinced me to wait since my 1 female had a nest with 6 eggs in it ( he doesn't want to be overrun with ducklings!!! ) So, this morning I looked at the nest & she now has 14 eggs in it & I've noticed the last couple of days that when she is out with the other ducks she stands & quacks :idunno( which is very unusually for her/them cuz they are not very vocal when they are out roaming in the yard unless they see a hawk or crows!! ). Does this mean that she is getting ready to go Broody???? I know that it's a waiting game to see if she will go broody. I would really like to get a couple Pekins but if she does go broody, I would rather have her ducklings!!! This waiting game sucks!!!!!! 14 eggs in nest.jpg
     
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  2. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Death By Cookies

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    I would wait it out and see what she decides to do.
     
  3. Sue S

    Sue S Songster

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    Ya, I'm going to but how long will it take before I know if she is going to be broody??? Could she just continue to lay eggs in the nest & not become broody??? I don't want to end up with a ton of eggs in the nest.
     
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  4. MagpieDucks

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    Potentially, yes. If you don’t want her to go broody, you can just collect the eggs. I’d say she would most likely go broody within the next few days, as a clutch normally consists of 8-15 eggs.
     
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  5. Sue S

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    I'm not removing the eggs cuz I do want ducklings!!!
     
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  6. Yardmom

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    If she is going broody she will start staying on the eggs for longer times . Many times this starts at night. Then she will only get off a couple of hours a day. If you leave eggs out they will keep laying in the nest even if they are not broody. On the other hand a broody hen will sit on one egg if that is what is available. Just a heads up my Pekins have gone broody, but have never stuck with it until hatch.
     
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