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Can I have my broody chicken sit on my two duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stacyAsalomone, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. stacyAsalomone

    stacyAsalomone New Egg

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    Because I know having more than 2 baby ducks would be too much for us I keep taking all but two eggs out of my duck's nest. The two eggs that are in her nest have been there since May 13th. She does sit on them at night and turns them. She even covers them up all snug before leaving her cage in the morning. My sweet Blue Cochin has gone broody on an empty nest. I do not want to do anything that would be damaging to any of my animals but would love to give these two eggs a chance on hatching. Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated!!!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Odds are they aren't good if the duck hasn't been on them continuously. I use my chickens to hatch all types of eggs so putting them under your chicken shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. stacyAsalomone

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    Is there a way to tell if eggs are ok?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you can candle them, that's the best way, but they are old and probably should have hatched by now if they were laid on May 13 or before. They could be rotten by now so be careful handling them.
     

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