A not so broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ssager, Apr 23, 2019.

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  1. Ssager

    Ssager Hatching

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    Hi
    So I have 1 duck hen and 2 drakes. I used to have 2 more hens i tried and failed at introducing to the flock but they have since disappeared ( I think flown away)
    So I’m left with my original 3.
    She has started laying eggs 1 every morning. She is housed with the 2 drakes whom she usually mates with the same 1. The other doesn’t seem to interested.
    She has made a little spot for herself and every morning she’s laying on her nest.
    I usually collect them every couple of days and give them to friends etc. but I was thinking of letting her hatch some. But whenever I open the pen door she’s happy to leave for the day with the 2 drakes and never seems to want to return to the nest.
    Should i leave her locked in for the days? Seems cruel she would get lonely and the boys would just wait but the pen all day as well.
     
  2. Stacyoung13

    Stacyoung13 Crowing

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    Just because you lock her in doesn’t mean she will sit on the eggs. You can’t force broodiness.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    What breed? Ducks hens will lay a clutch of eggs and then she will begin to set them. A true Broody Duck Hen will pluck downy feathers from her belly and line the nest. Not all Hens go Broody.
     
  4. Jbently28

    Jbently28 Songster

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    If she has started laying in a designated spot, then leave her eggs. She will collect them over the course of time before she actually starts sitting on them. I thought my Welsh Harlequin duck would never go broody. I let her eggs collect over the course of about 3 weeks before I finally collected them. She was laying them in a doghouse whereas she normally would just lay them in random spots all over the yard. After I collected the eggs, I didn't find anymore for about 2 weeks. She started disappearing during the day until I finally saw her going under our shop. I finally was able to find her nest with 8 eggs in it that were about a week into development. They will go broody when they are ready even if they show the signs it may take a while. Our duck had become very quiet and extremely docile prior to going broody. I knew something was up the day I went to pet her and she started quacking like crazy, wagging her tail, and her feathers were all puffed up. My first instinct was to assume that she had a nest close by and I was correct. 20190420_112821.jpg 20190420_133326.jpg
     
  5. Ssager

    Ssager Hatching

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    I picked 4 this morning and I am going to give incubating them a go. But I will let her lay them and leave them after your advise! I didn’t realise they had to lay several before they decided to sit on them. Thanks
     

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