Can a Broody Hen Hatch Ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by OreoPlymothRock, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I recently seen my girl duck and boy duck mating. Does that mean the eggs she is laying are fertile. If so, then can i take the eggs and put them under a broody hen. The hen is a bantam.Thanks
     
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely the eggs will be fertile, as long as the pair are fertile. You can put them under a chicken but you usually will need to sprinkle the eggs with water every day as they require higher humidity that they will not get from a chicken.
     
  3. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often do i sprinkle water on the eggs?
     
  4. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just sprinkled water on the eggs.
     
  5. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you mean by the pair are fertile? Thank you for your help!
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The parents both need to be fertile if they are to produce offspring. What breeds are they?

    You can check the eggs to see if they are fertile. An unfertilized egg will have a white spot, a fertile egg will have a bullseye on it.
     
  7. OreoPlymothRock

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    They are both Magpie Ducks. The type of duck that is white with black splotches on the head and back. what do you mean by both of them being fertile. How far into incubation does it have to be in order to candle them? Thank you for your help again!
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. Wanted to make sure they weren't muscovy or muscovy crosses. I actually meant sterile not infertile in the adults (sorry).

    Candling is done at 7 days, I think, I don't candle. Search for candling and you'll find some good threads with pics. But you can just break open an egg and see if it has the bullseye. If it does, they are fertile. There are also threads showing this.
     
  9. fowl farm

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    If the eggs are fertile you should be able to candle and see blood vessels at 8-9 days. Keep in mind that if they are your ducks first eggs, there is less chance of a hatch.
     
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  10. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm sorry, but what do you mean by sterile? and when i break open the egg, do i kill the baby inside?
     

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