Do broodies work beter than bators??? Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DUCKGIRL89, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always wanted to hatch some duck eggs but that means I have to buy a bator And I dont want to buy that if my ducks will do that there selves. I have 4 rouens 1 female 3 males and one ancona female and one khaki male and a pair of call ducks, the calls are three months old, and the others are five. and the five month olds just started breeding. Does that mean they will lay eggs then? I also have 4 welsh harlequins and and two rouen females on the way As you can see I need more ladies. But what im trying to do is sell ducklings to my local feed stores for some money, will my ducks hatch enough babys to make it worth my while? Or should I save some money for a incubator? Help me!!!
     
  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Broodies are much better, ofcourse, I do like having a bator handy for backup. So far I have not needed the backup as my girls stay with it all the way.

    First time mommies can be unpredictable as they are learning to trust their mom instincts.
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it true that ducky moms will sit on them half way and then stop? Is that what the back up is for?
     
  4. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone!?
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Ive had a duck sit 12 eggs and hatch 2.. then run off and leave their babies hauling ducky behind trying to catch up.. horrible momma! (she ended up losing both cause she wouldnt care for them).. the most any of mine have hatched is 5 and even at that they only had 2 survive..
    Yet I've put a dozen duck eggs in my bator and had 100% hatch rate.. and had all live to adulthood... so my vote is for the incubator
     
  6. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    Not just ducks, but any broody can decide to give it up. I have had chickens do it, and yes, that is why it is handy to have the incubator- so that you can finish what they start. As she said, first timers can be unpredictable.
     
  7. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K thats good. I just ordered a incubator and bided on some khaki campbell eggs on ebay they should be here by the end of the month. I cant wait!
     
  8. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depends on the broody and it depends on the bator... [​IMG]
     
  9. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course, since Mother Nature is perfect and her creatures are programed to be as well.
     
  10. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well its not like im not going to let my ducks try. of course I will, but I have always wanted some khakis, and I kinda wanted a bator just in case, and I didnt really want to buy ducklings so im getting a bator and eggs.
     

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