Chicken and duck on the same nest

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WhyteNyte, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. WhyteNyte

    WhyteNyte New Egg

    Oct 24, 2008
    I have chicken and duck eggs in the same nest and have both the chicken and duck sitting.
    They have been sitting for just short of three weeks.
    Will the chicken eggs hatch?
    Will the duck eggs hatch?
    Do I need to remove the chciken and chicks once they hatch so the duck does not get off her eggs?
    Any suggestions/help will be appreciated.
    Will a male Mallard cover a female Muskovy?
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Quote:I'm not sure I understand this question.
  3. chicktwit

    chicktwit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2007
    I'm no expert but I understand chicken egg usually hatch in about 19-23+ days. Duck eggs need about 28 days or more. Someone with more experience in this would be able to offer better insight. If you mean will those Muscovey/mallard eggs hatch they should be fertile but the offspring will be mules & can't propagate (sp).

    edited to clarify
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  4. pardygwyn

    pardygwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    If you can get a partition between the two and get only one sort of egg in each half of the nest, I highly suggest it. I have no idea if a duck and a chicken would react like two chickens on the same nest, but two hens will fight over chicks.

    Mule ducks are so pretty!
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I'm not sure I understand this question.

    The answer is only if he can catch her and she wants to be 'covered'
  6. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I would recommend splitting them up.

    1. They may fight over the chicks when they hatch
    2. Ducks eggs take longer and you dont want the duck eggs being abandoned when the chickens hatch
    and 3. Duck mothers take their ducklings to ponds to learn to swim. Duck mothers shouldnt raise chickens in case they drown them!!
  7. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2009
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Do you mean will the mallard cover the muscovy...genetically? Like will it look like the mallard instead of the muscovy...I have no idea to the answer but im trying to clarify what you mean...i think thats what you meant...
  8. WhyteNyte

    WhyteNyte New Egg

    Oct 24, 2008
    Thanks for all the replies.
    To answer some of the questions. I have a male mallard to 2 female muskovies. The females are both sitting on eggs so wanted to know if they would be fertile or not. I'm assuming the mallard would have done his thing. I will find out in 5 days.

    I'm worried if I split the chicken and the duck one will get off the eggs. They are both in a very small thatch hut. I'm hoping to be around when the chicken hatches and remove her and her babies.

    I will keep you posted [​IMG]

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