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Chicken pecking hatching ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bisqit&Gravy, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Bisqit&Gravy

    Bisqit&Gravy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted earlier about my ducks hatching and now have a question?

    I just went out to check and two more duck babies are hatching. Not sure if they've pecked the holes bigger or the 1st baby duck or the hen?? The 1st baby is very interested in it's siblings.
    I noticed hashbrown pecking them thru the holes? Should I removed them to the brooder now or is she just trying to speed up the process?? I don't want her to hurt them.
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    The chick is curious and since they dont have fingers, they peck. If you feel the chick is dry enough, I would move it.
    Don't forget to post duck pics! [​IMG]
     
  3. Bisqit&Gravy

    Bisqit&Gravy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one duckling is all the way dry. The other two are still in the eggs but both have half dollar size holes nows and the big hen is pecking them.
     
  4. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd take them away/remove her. We had 1 hen that was very aggressive towards ducklings. She managed to kill 1 in an attempt to eat its shell.
     
  5. Bisqit&Gravy

    Bisqit&Gravy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took the two away yesterday afternoon. They have both hatched now. There's still two eggs left and one has started. I'll gonna take it too.
     

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