Broody chicken hatching duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Welsh Ducky, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Seven days ago I noticed my chicken, Peggy, wasn't outside scratching in the dirt and chasing after grass hopers with her sisters, so I looked around a bit and found her in a nesting box sitting on top of chicken eggs. I don't have a rooster so the eggs she was setting on were infertile. None of my hens were supposed to be broody so I was surprised to find her sitting on the eggs and hissing at me when I came too close :confused:. I felt bad that she didn't have any fertile chicken eggs to sit on and she was obviously determined to hatch some chicks because she wouldn't move from the spot, so I gave her 3 of my fertile duck eggs. Five days later I dicided to give her 3 more duck eggs. Now she is setting on 6 duck eggs, 3 have been incubating for five days and 3 have been incubating for two days. Now I realize it was a bad idea to add new ones in and not mark the old ones. One day later I candled all of them and 2 had obvious vains and 1 had little veins. The other three all don't have veins so I'm guessing those are the new ones that I put in. My question is will me chicken keep sitting on the remaining eggs after the first two hatch? And will she take care of the ducklings? :fl
    She has faithfully been sitting on the eggs every day and I make sure she comes out for food and water...and poop (beware the broody poop) just want to make sure this will work out.
     
  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will take care of her baby ducklings and she won't sit on the remaining eggs after the two hatch she may sit for a day longer but that's it
     
  3. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah that's what I was expecting to hear:(. I'm glad to know she'll take care of the ducklings, I was worried about that. :D
     
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    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did the chick die?
     
  5. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

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    No, they haven't hatched yet but I just wanted to make sure she'd take care of them. Thanks for the speedy reply. :D These are the two eggs I was talking about. Not the best pictures sorry. The third picture you can't really tell there is veins but there is a start of them.
    I'll keep updating with more pictures untill they hatch.
     

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  6. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look good!
     
  7. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I haven't been putting up any pictures because my camera's bad and I can't get good lighting to see the ducklings or the veins. The two ducklings have gotten huge, they fill up almost the whole egg. The third one is just a bit smaller. I'm expecting the ducklings to be hatching in about four days. I'll take some pictures of the babies when they hatch.
     
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    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great!
     
  9. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

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    First duckling! One more hatched with this one but momma doesn't want to move. :love:wee:yesss: Sorry, my Papas arm is in the way.
     

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    Great! :D:celebrate
     

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