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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken stalker, Dec 23, 2008.
Has anyone done it?
Do they have an identity crisis?
Yep chickens can hatch duck eggs. We havent seen any "idenity" problems with ours...
Yes you can successfully hatch duck eggs with a chicken, however, wild duck eggs are really hatched in a muddy condition so remember to keep the eggs moist. i used a wet paper towel several times a week. our RIR hen hatched out a wild nest of eggs that were protected in a construction zone, until the last possible moment then a worker brought me the eggs .
OUr RIR hen loved them ducks and paniced when they went to the water. I have heard of Ducks hatching and raising chicken eggs, the chicks will follow the duck mamma into teh water and chicks DONT SWIM WELL . not a bit they swim like a brick.
yes...look closely at my avatar...thats a duck on that chickens back!
I have had a poor hen hatch out and then raise ducklings.....I say poor hen because she looked so cute standing by the small pond protecting them and then calling to get them to come out and they did....they followed her everywhere. It was something to see!
Hi! Yes, chickens can incubate and hatch duck eggs. Last winter/spring I let the girls in my Frizzle pen have most of my Pekin eggs. There were so many broody Frizz girls I took out the nest boxes (for their own safety, they were piling) and let them brood on the coop floor. I just added new duck eggs every week and collected the ducklings as they hatched.
I don't know about the chicken/duck identity crisis --- I took all the ducklings as they hatched and hand-raised them inside.
my ole grandma had a few hens she called setten hens and she would put all types of eggs under them,it would look so funny with turkeys or ducks following around with the chicks and their mom
They are great for hatching goose eggs. When I was a kid I hatched about 30 every year putting 4 eggs under each Leghorn hen.
Sure, why not? Give a broody hen an egg and she'll hatch it!
Yes they can then you end up a duck like Babette who thinks she's a chicken, doesn't swim and is afraid of the other ducks. Someday she'll figure out all she's been missing!
Yes they can. vfem just had some pekin babies hatched by her silkie a few weeks ago, I'll see if I can find the post.
Here ya go! https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=98484&p=1