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Broody duck on chicken eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by quibs, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. quibs

    quibs Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pekin duck that recently fought one of my broody hens off of her nest and began to incubate the eggs. Shes been on there for about a week now. Has anyone ever had this happen before? Will the duck be an alright mother to the chicks or should I take the eggs and put them in the incubator? I've never had a duck go broody for me before, I've always gathered eggs and incubated them since the ducks just seem to lay where ever they are standing when the egg comes haha
     
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  2. quibs

    quibs Out Of The Brooder

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    Could someone please move this to the "Raising Baby Chicks" section. I posted it in incubating by mistake
     
  3. quibs

    quibs Out Of The Brooder

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    I candled the eggs while the duck was out eating today. They all look to be developing. Does anyone know if the duck will be a good mother? Should I take the chicks when they hatch?
     
  4. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    If she is a good duck mommy, she will try and bring them to water... chicks don't do water, so I would keep her away from any water besides the drinking. Also, ducks mess their water up, so maybe more changing or a separate chick style waterer that mom can't get to. Beyond that, maybe someone with direct experience can chime in.
     

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