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Can a duck raise a turkey?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Betty-Eve, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Betty-Eve

    Betty-Eve In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011
    Help - 3 weeks ago I hatched a turkey at the same time as a Jersey giants chicken - fed well together - then recently a friend gave me 3 nortfolk bronze turkey eggs - popped in incubator with duck eggs - didnt think would hatch - one started pipping so put it under my broody aylesbury duck - its hatched - but she is not best mum - hatched some goslings for me but didnt want to bring them out to eat just wanted to sit in her house with them and love em! I know turkeys need to eat asap and all the time! do i take the chick off her and put it in with the chicken that hatched the turkey egg who are now 3 weeks old or do I chance the duck doing the mum thing - she is such a broody duck - makes nests all the time - doesnt lay just sits - unless I keep her door closed and make her go outside - which is why I put the egg under her. Pretty new to turkeys as you can tell - I have bowl of water and turkey starter crumb just outside her house door - tried to put the chick in the bowl of food but mum ran back in house and left chick outside - what to do?

  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I would bring the chick inside and try to raise it yourself. Ducks do not make good moms for non-waterfowl if for no other reason but they will drown them when they decide it's time for their "ducklings" to go for a swim.

    In your case, it sounds like she's also just not up for the job. Sorry! [​IMG]

    Good luck...

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