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Baby ducks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mallardmomma, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. mallardmomma

    mallardmomma New Egg

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    My Perkins and runners have nests going. Only one chick has survived, even though we have had several hatch. They seem to be hatching prematurely and still have their umbilical cord attached. I hate to keep finding them dead. I have been rescuing them as soon as they hatch but that is not helping. Any suggestions? I have successfully hatched 14 Ballard eggs in an incubator. I would hate to take their eggs but I am starting to think I may have to, any advice is welcome. Thank you.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Given the poor natural results, I would be tempted to move the eggs to the incubator. One or more of the hens may be 'helping' the ducklings hatch prematurely once they start vocalizing.
     
  3. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.[​IMG]
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Agreed. In my opinion Runners and Pekins make very poor mothers.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I agree with Sourland. Good luck!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     

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