A twist on the ugly duckling story.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ruth, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I have a little araucana that went broody in a hutch in the duck pen.



    She had been laying in there for a long time, along with the Rouens and Mallards, but I would clean out the eggs every few days. One day I started seeing duck eggs all over the yard and went to check the hutch to see why. There she was just sitting there having gone broody. I knew I had just cleaned out the eggs a couple of days before so if any were there when she started sitting they were probably duck eggs - so I slipped her a few freshly laid hen eggs and she has been sitting for almost a month.

    This morning I peeked in and saw this:


    It's a little duckling. I also think I saw a baby chick head but mama broody wouldn't have any part of letting me look under her. It's going to be so cute watching her raise her clutch of ducklings and chicks. That baby Rouen will be bigger than it's mama in less than two weeks.
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    [​IMG] Too cute, I am really looking forward to watching this develop..... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    Christmas, Florida
    Ahhhh how cute is that keep posting pics... I can not wait to see how she does with them....
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Awwwwww!!! [​IMG]
  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Isn't it too cute? It will be interesting to see what happens the first time she steps foot outside the hutch and let's her babies loose. There are 20 grown ducks and two baby ducklings running around that pen. I wonder if her baby ducklings will run to their own or stick to their mama or wonder "Who da daddy?"
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    It's really funny to watch the momma hen when the baby ducklings find a pond or puddle.
    She can't figure out what is wrong with her "chickies"!
    "You can SWIM!?" [​IMG]
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    That is too darn cute !
  8. Three_Blessings

    Three_Blessings Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    Barry county, Michigan
    oh how sweet! Take more pics when you can!
  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    keep us posted with new pictures please
  10. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I peeked in a little while ago and I saw the one baby duckling laying next to its "mama". As soon as it saw me it darted under her wing. I'm not sure she has anything else or anyone else under there. So it may be a lone baby duckling she'll be raising.

    I guess I could do like I did the other broody hen this morning and slip her a couple of Black Copper Marans eggs that are due to hatch Wed. I have another broody that has been sitting for over a month, in a kennel in the coop, but her eggs keep going bad and I give her more and they go bad, yet she has never left the nest. I have to put food and water right in front of her. I feel so bad for them when nothing hatches and they've worked so hard. This little Araucana has also never left the nest and the temps have been below freezing many nights. Each morning I would check to see if she was still alive but there was no moving her - not without losing a few fingers. I guess it was nice and warm enough in there.

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