Can a hen have two settings per year ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tony garza, May 15, 2010.

  1. tony garza

    tony garza Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a black swedish hen that set and hatched 5 ducklings. She sat or stepped on three of them and I took the other two away from her and raised them by hand. Now she is missing again. I free range the sweds 24/7. I noticed that she has been missing a number of mornings and then comes back around noon. The last few days, she's not come back. Can she have laid another batch and is setting them ??? I have not had any problems with predators for several years now.

    Thanks,

    Tony
     
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    She very well could be, especially if you took the ducklings away. I took eggs from my mandarin and wood duck during incubation and they are both starting new clutches.
     
  3. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    same here with a mallard. she's laying another batch now, behind the woodpile.
     
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Yep [​IMG] My Buff hen had four hatches last near. My magpie two. I havent had any other girls really set but I have girls trying to set all the time.
     
  5. tony garza

    tony garza Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. Now I have to find her. I already have another black swed setting in high grass under a mesquite tree.

    Tony
     

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