Duck laying in the winter?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CJMiller, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. CJMiller

    CJMiller New Egg

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    Hello, my mallard hen layed a nest of 13 eggs in the backyard. It is now December 3rd. Will she be able to hatch them? Will it be too cold, I live in Oregon. Will she not be able to keep them warm? And also, if I want her to sit on them I need to keep her out of her pen all night and day. Is this to dangerous? What should I do. Should I let her try and sit on them?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I personally would not advise hatching them this late in the colder states.
     
  3. CJMiller

    CJMiller New Egg

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    Really? Is there actually a danger they won't hatch, or once hatched they won't be able to stay warm?
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    There's a possibility they won't be able to stay warm if for some reason they couldn't get snuggled up to mom.
     

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