Ancona ducks first time laying eggs!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Goat Lover 3, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Ancona duck (hen) made a nest in the corner of the coop that put them in at night. Lately, she has been laying an egg a day starting August 8th. Yesterday, she laid her 4th egg. I went outside last night to check on my goats, because they're due to have kids soon. While I was outside I noticed that Rosie was sitting on her nest. When will the eggs hatch? Should I separate my male Ancona drake? Will he hurt the ducklings or help her?

    Here are some pictures of her nest and her first 2 eggs. [​IMG]

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    This is my drake (front) and my hen (back).

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    Rosie my hen.
     
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  2. Ozzy Lorp

    Ozzy Lorp New Egg

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    Great!
    We have Ancona and Khaki Campbell ducks. Is your sitting on the eggs all day, or is she just "getting to know" the nest? Our hens will sit on the nest a couple of times during the day (usually early and late in the day). Just watch her closely to see how serious she is. If she decides to try and hatch the eggs, she will put the drake in his place, so don't worry. The goats might be a problem because they are so curious and want to play. Good luck.
     
  3. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She just started laying on her eggs. She only lays on her nest when she is in her coop. During the day she pays no attention to her nest! Once she starts laying on her nest when will her eggs hatch? I will watch the goats!
     
  4. Ozzy Lorp

    Ozzy Lorp New Egg

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  5. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't find anything that says when they will hatch! I will keep looking though! Also, do some ducks decide not to hatch their eggs?

    Thanks, :)
    Rachelle
     
  6. bemba

    bemba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats to you! You have a beautiful pair of Anconas by the way!! I'd say she is still gathering her clutch and not setting seriously, generally they lay between 7 and 15 eggs but they can lay more or less..... once she is setting on the eggs day and night you start counting, a good way to know when she is serious about hatching is she will pluck down from her belly and line the nest it will be matted in the straw to make a very soft blanket and she will use this to cover the eggs when she leaves for breaks..... larger domestic ducks take around 28 days to hatch. Good luck for a successful hatching!
     
  7. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I love Ancona ducks! I was wondering if she will decide to lay on her eggs herself or if I should keep her in a pen with her nest?
     
  8. kangareaux

    kangareaux Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 2 Ancona boys that we adore. Looking for girls. If anyone knows of anybody selling adult females, I'd really appreciate a heads up. ;)

    I live in Louisiana and can't seem to locate any around here. Wishing I'd bought more ducklings at the feed store now. But of course, they were 'straight run' so probably ALL would have been males with my luck! LOL!
     
  9. Goat Lover 3

    Goat Lover 3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. lairdhillfarm07

    lairdhillfarm07 Out Of The Brooder

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    We bought 14 Ancona ducks a few months ago. How do you tell the difference b/w male and female? Also when do they start laying? My last question is what kind of coop do ducks and Geese prefer?
    Jamie
     

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