Back again, it's been a while RE: Pekins

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ducklucky, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. ducklucky

    ducklucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry guys, it's been a while, busy with sick hub. Anyway to those of you I sold my Pekins to, wondering how you made out with them (from Monroe) and if you still have them or ate them or what became of them. Still have my original bunch of 6 girls, 1 boy, they are wintering well on the screened porch off our living room on hay, it's fun that we can look out and see them and tend to them quite easily. Have a big plastic tub that they can drink from and preen with, some will jump in and bathe, and it is outside of their sleeping area. Wrapped the section they are in in plastic, and that got us thru the worst part of winter, and they sleep in boxes and dog kennels, and have been laying like crazy all winter, So many eggs, the dogs get most of them. When it was so cold they froze before we could get to them had to discard them, but for the most part, out of 6 girls, getting about 8-10 a day. These girls are LAYERS, all winter! Amazing. Would offer them for sale, but with hub sick, don't need people knocking at the door right now.

    Anywho, have a question for you all. When I gather the eggs in the evening, the male Lucky is is quite possessive of them, he will attempt to roll them back into the nests, and a couple of the girls are quite upset. Last night found a clutch, and I was just out there the night before and cleaned it out, so know they were super fresh, the clutch had 6 eggs in it and some were warm, and found other eggs one or two here and there, separate from the clutch. I gathered them anyway, but thinking someone wants to make some babies, so will probably let that space be from now on and see what happens. Whoever was tending them was doing a good job, she had them pretty snuggled into the hay. This was all within 24 hours. What do you think? Lucky is very, very active with the girls, he mounts them all day long, so most likely some are fertile. Has anyone had success letting nature take its course? Surely with the days getting longer, they think it's spring!

    I know ducks will leave their eggs for a lot longer than chickens, but does anyone know exactly how long? Hours? I don't watch constantly and they go in and out of their sleeping area, so it's hard to tell. But every time I approach that particular box, they go nuts and will pull at my clothes. Think it's a group effort to have that clutch! If anyone has experienced this, please let me know. Thanks for any advice! And will let that spot be for now and see...
     
  2. Skipspin

    Skipspin Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure on how long the hens leave the eggs...
    My daughter has a pair of Pekins and the hen is a great layer too. She had a nest of eggs and they were very possesive of them. In fact, if a chicken snuck an egg in, the ducks would roll it out- and that was over a 2x4 that is the base of their little duck house that they sleep in! Anyway, we really wanted ducklings, so we tried to see if she would sit, but after 4 weeks and way more eggs than she could ever sit on we gave up. We now trade a few dozen eggs for a few ducklings from a lady that has a bator- or we just sell her the fertile eggs. We get unrelated hens that way and she gets to hatch the cute little ducklings.

    Funny story- my daughter showed them at the state fair and they collect the eggs every morning. However, they wouldn't collect our Pekin eggs because the drake wouldn't let them. [​IMG] Well, he would have, but they weren't willing to risk it. We were happy, though, because we wanted to keep the eggs since we sell them. Otherwise they belong to the fair.
     

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