Duck has build a nest, should i remove eggs? (No ducklings wanted)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WannaBeHillBilly, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Hi Friends,

    need a quick advice: To my surprise, my Indian Runner ducks have started to lay recently. Now today i discovered that one of them has build a nest inside with already two eggs inside. We don't want any ducklings in Winter! I have not removed the eggs yet, have read that ducks lay some test-eggs in a nest site, cover them and if those aren't removed they start using the nest seriously. I'm afraid now that if i take those two eggs away, the duck will lay her eggs somewhere else, where i might not find them. I don't want ducklings now but i don't want to spook my duck. How unlikely is it for an Indian Runner to go broody anyway?
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Live in The Cuckoo's Nest

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    Remove the real eggs daily and add some fake ceramic eggs to keep her laying in the same spot.
     
  3. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Right, that was my idea too, problem is i don't have any artificial eggs and the nearest store that has some is 2 hours away (one-way!). I don't think a white golf-ball would be accepted?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Live in The Cuckoo's Nest

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    You could just make sure to leave a few each day. I think if you do remove them all she will move somewhere else. I don't know runner ducks only muscovy, so I could be wrong.
     
  5. Cayuga momma

    Cayuga momma We are the makers of our own history.

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    Golf balls worked for my chickens
     
  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Mark one or two eggs with a sharpie marker. Leave those 2, but remove any others as they are added. Keep a couple to replace the original 2 marked ones (keep, as in don't eat lol) Replace the marked ones every week to 10 days.
     
  7. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Excellent Idea! Will do so with a little change: Will replace the duck eggs with store-bough chicken eggs until the fake duck-eggs i just ordered will arrive next week. Thank you very much!
     
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  8. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Has anybody ever had a Runner Duck building a nest?
    All i have heart about them is that they care least of all duck breeds for their eggs.
     
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  9. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Done! Switched the duck-eggs with chicken eggs.
    This is what the nest with the duck-eggs looked like:
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    And here is the nest with the chicken eggs:
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    I covered the eggs, just like Mrs. Duck did:
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    The duck eggs are slightly smaller than the store-bought chicken eggs, so i assume those are from one of my smaller females.
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    Let's see how the eggchange trick works out.
    :pop
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Feathered friends are awesome

    None of my Runners have built a nest they just lay where they take a notion inside their coop but they came from broody Runners so there is always a chance you may get a broody when your ready. @CyndiD
     

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