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Duck laying on eggs!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cluck92, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. cluck92

    cluck92 In the Brooder

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    Found out why all the male ducks were inside the coop today, the female was laying on a nest. I didn't even know she had started laying! She hid her nest under the metal nesting boxes but today I found her. However when I took a closer look at the eggs I noticed an odor.... How can I tell which of the eggs are rotten?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

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    Are the drakes leaving her alone? I would find an opportunity with her off the nest and pick them up and sniff them.

    One could have burst - happened to us, I was able to clean it up with not much effort, then rebuild the nest.
     
  3. cluck92

    cluck92 In the Brooder

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    They left her alone while she was nesting but after I found her she ran outside and then didn't return to the nest. Am I able to touch them in order to smell them and she will still return to lay on them? And how do I know if the egg is alive and will hatch or if it's been sitting too long?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

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    Often BYC DF members will pick up eggs, examine, candle, and replace them and a broody duck will continue to sit on the nest. The biggest problems are when the nest itself must be moved for safety reasons.
     

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