Duck eggs under bantam hen! Ideas??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by silkieluv23, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. silkieluv23

    silkieluv23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I put 2 call duck eggs under one of my little bantam hens. Has anyone done this before?
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  2. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Yes, but be prepared when or IF they hatch, my hen looked at the kids and she was like "what the heck happened here". and rejected them. She would peck at them and try to chase them off.
     
  3. silkieluv23

    silkieluv23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well it's this hens first time so I think she'll be ok, I'm going to put some hen eggs under her aswell!
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  4. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One my mine hatched and brooded my Muscovies for me. She didn't seem to mind they looked different. However after 4 weeks they were twice her size and she was done!
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Both being banties would be an advantage but definitely watch for rejection! as well according to what i have read.. 2 ducks eggs is the recommended for a bantie hen.
     
  6. silkieluv23

    silkieluv23 Out Of The Brooder

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    She has 2 hen eggs as well now, IF it does work out it will be very cute!!
     
  7. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't disagree but you'll give that fluffy mama a heart attack when the littles want to swim!
     
  8. rcking

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    my cochin hens went insane broody last summer and i used pekin eggs just to let them have satisfaction. only did 2 eggs under then hens, but they took them with no issues. treated them like their own.
     
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  9. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Well the only issue I can see now is her rejecting them before they hatch. Why well chickens take 21 days duck take longer, so since it's her first time, what may happen is as soon as those chickens hatch, shell think those duck eggs are duds and stop sitting on them.
     
  10. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    First time mommies aren't always the most dependable, it takes a couple of shots before they get into determine mode..
     

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