A Question About Ducks - Broodiness?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by momma's chickens, May 18, 2009.

  1. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    We have six (four old enough to lay) hens and 3 drakes and they all love playing in the pool and being silly ducks. I have a dog igloo out there and they lay in that. Well this morning when I went to feed them and let them out for the day, I only got three eggs. So one didn't lay, they don't always lay ever day. Then I went to the chicken chores and about 10 minutes later went to feed the goats and when I did I heard this weird sound in the compost pile. It is enclosed on three sides with chicken wire. I investigated and there was one of our Swedish hens that had made a nest and laid an egg in it. Now she didn't cover it or anything but it is definitely a nest. Usually if they are out early they just lay anywhere in the yard they feel like.

    My question is, do you think she may go broody on me and if I put some other duck eggs in there, will that make her go broody faster. Also I have noticed over the last couple of days, she is not interested in going into the pool and "playing" with the drake. She kind of hangs back and just observes.

    Any thoughts??????
     
  2. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    Nobody huh, well when I figure it out I will share what I learn! [​IMG]
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    11,199
    42
    311
    Oct 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Sorry...I was working and playing with my baby Welsh Harlequins at lunch, so I didn't notice your post! [​IMG]

    It DOES sound like she wants to brood. I would try putting some extra eggs in there and waiting a few days to see what she does.
     
  4. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    Thanks that would be great, my dh will be so thrilled! [​IMG]
    I however think it is great!
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    11,199
    42
    311
    Oct 2, 2008
    Colorado
    LOLOLOL

    My husband was the same way when I ordered the WH girls. Now he thinks they are adorable even though he still says they look like toys and not real ducks.
     
  6. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    I know, it sounds like both of our dhs are great. Mine rolls his eyes and make little comments, but he is always looking at the babies and come hatching time in the incubator he won't leave his hand out of it. I really had to chew his ear about that because of humidity issues. [​IMG]
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    23,384
    31
    351
    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    With my ducks, it seems the ones that have moved their nests all over the yard are the ones that have brooded. I have one broody now, and one that keeps losing her clutches to predators. You can try putting extra eggs in the nest, but it is not necessary. I think the only breed that doesn't go broody is the pekin, and that's not even 100%. I don't have any broody pekins (yet, though one is hiding her nest), but I have a broody rouen (also supposedly not broody), and my cayuga is the one that keeps losing hers. She is so desperate that she moves her nest into the woods, where the dog doesn't care what happens. [​IMG]
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    11,199
    42
    311
    Oct 2, 2008
    Colorado
    I think the only breed that doesn't go broody is the pekin, and that's not even 100%

    Runners and khakis usually don't, but we have had a couple of those reported going broody on this forum.​
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    23,384
    31
    351
    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Runners and khakis usually don't, but we have had a couple of those reported going broody on this forum.

    Oh, didn't know about those two. [​IMG] Most of the meat/egg-layer breeds aren't supposed to, out of the three I have, the only ones not trying to are my pekins.
     
  10. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    My Rouen FINALLY went broody over the weekend, with 19 eggs in the nest... it took forever... I hope you have better luck!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by