Can a hen hatch duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OntChickenLady, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. OntChickenLady

    OntChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2014
    This may be a dumb question to more experienced chicken owners but this is my first spring with broody hens. A week ago my duck Daisy began nesting but 4 days ago I saw her out in the field and didn't go back to her nest and that night she ignored her nest and slept with the other ducks so I went to rescue the eggs but my Orpington hen was already sitting there. I left her be and she's stayed there all 4 days. My question is can a hen hatch and raise ducklings?
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2014
    It's probable they could, I've heard stories they could. I would say this would be an experiment and if everything goes wrong you can just put them in a brooder.
  3. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
    Is it possible that your duck gave up because the orp moved in and took over?
  4. OntChickenLady

    OntChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2014
    Maybe but Daisy has done this before even before I got chickens she'll just abandon her eggs for no reason after a day or so. The orp Goldie didn't sit on the nest until well after dark Daisy hadn't been near it since about 6am

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