Chickens hatching duck eggs. Is this trouble?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kuntrygirl, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Has anyone ever placed duck eggs in addition to chicken eggs under a broody hen in hopes that the broody hen hatches the duck eggs as well? If so, how successful were you with the switcheroo. Did the chickens take to the ducks or did they push them away? I think that it takes 28 days for duck eggs to hatch as opposed to the 21 days for chicken eggs. I tried this tonight and I'm not sure what to expect. Is this a good idea or am I asking for trouble? Any input would be helpful.
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    One time I had a bantam hen hatch out duck eggs and they all did fine together. And once I had to keep a single duckling together with some chicks because there was no one else to keep it company, and again, they all did fine together. If you want your hen to hatch both chicken & duck eggs at the same time you'll have to first put the duck eggs under her & on day 8 add the chicken eggs. Then get your camera ready because there should be some lovely photo opportunities once they all hatch.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    buddy's dad had a duck that stole chicken eggs to hatch and even hatched some turkey eggs

    no issues
  4. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I had a mallard hatch ducklings, chicks, and a couple poults. Anything is possible [​IMG]
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    This reminds me of an article I read on broody hens. It said the best broodies would willingly hatch duck eggs and then have anxiety attacks when their newly hatched youngins headed for the first mud puddle they could find. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2009
  6. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2009
    New Mexico
    They're called duckens or chucks.
  7. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    Well I did have issues. First I have to say that its harder to incubate duck eggs than chicken eggs, so a bantam is the better choice and she should have almost a 100% success rate. And it is cute to see them going around the yard, but its upsetting if the rest of the flock opposes the union. I have witnessed full grown ducks attacking the ducklings being raised by a hen. Also the chickens didn't care for it either. I would still use a broody for duck eggs, but I would make sure I kept my past experiences in mind and put her in solitude for the duration of the brood and several weeks afterwards, for the safety of the babies.
  8. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    My grandmother used broody hens to hatch duck eggs all the time. Worked out fine until the ducklings went for a swim. The poor old broodies just about had hysterics.
  9. duck walk

    duck walk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2009
    white springs, fl
    I don't have a lot of experience with things and learn something new every day...over the summer I had a standard Black Cochin broody hatch three goslings for the moment I have two broody Buff Catalanas on nine duck eggs due to hatch next week...they are working hard and I hope we get something out of the deal...fingers crossed...
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Y'all are giving me ideas. I want ducks, but don't want the hassle of raising them until they are of an age to help take care of themselves. If I ever get a broody, probably not in this lifetime, but IF I ever do, I think I'll switch out her own eggs for duck eggs. Let the broody do the work. [​IMG]

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