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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by moodlymoo, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering what happens when you put duck eggs under a broody hen or the other way around? Does the duck try to teach your chicks to swim? How does the mama react to the babies?

    Edited because I cant spell when I haven't had enough coffee
     
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  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Not sure what "dunk eggs" are, [​IMG] , but I expect the chicken will sit on them until they hatch. Depending of course how good a broody she is. I've read that folks have had chicken hens hatch Duck eggs. Not sure about the other way around.

    Of course if you do use a hen for Ducks you want to make sure they don't get a medicated feed. You could just take them away and care for them yourself..

    I wish you the best,

    rancher

    oh and if you do and things turn out well, you must post pics. [​IMG]
     
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  3. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not sure what "dunk eggs" are, [​IMG] , but I expect the chicken will sit on them until they hatch. Depending of course how good a broody she is. I've read that folks have had chicken hens hatch Duck eggs. Not sure about the other way around.

    Of course if you do use a hen for Ducks you want to make sure they don't get a medicated feed. You could just take them away and care for them yourself..

    I wish you the best,

    rancher

    oh and if you do and things turn out well, you must post pics. [​IMG]

    Didn't you know there is a new breed of bird called a dunk. Its what happens when your ducks find all those beer bottles sitting on the patio table after a bbq
     
  4. Nicki

    Nicki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I once bought a duckling at a feed store and slipped her under my broody silkie. I had no idea if it would work or not, but Buttercup accepted Darcy as her own baby (even though eventually, Darcy got bigger than Buttercup LOL) I had a kiddie pool that I would put Darcy in, but she would get upset if she couldn't see her "mama" so I would hold Buttercup up where she could see her. That would calm her down a little bit, but eventually, I eased Buttercup in the water and she just stood there patiently while her "baby" played in the water. I thought it was the cutest thing!!
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  5. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    You at some point will end up with diaper wearing ducks in your house. I know where one of those ducks lives. So I know this is true. [​IMG]
     
  6. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahaha, I dont think I would mind that. Do ducks HAVE to have water to swim in?
     
  7. Nicki

    Nicki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't think they really have to, but they're happier in water
     
  8. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do much better in water. Their legs are not really designed to handle that much pressure all the time...We see a few ducks that have developed arthritis at a young age because they didn't have acess to water often...but they seem to do okay...
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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  10. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just melted.

    Me too! That is precious!
     

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