Duck newbie, how long can I keep adding eggs to a broody duck?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lceh, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sweet duck Violet (a Runner/Buff cross) started acting broody yesterday, so I let her keep yesterday's eggs (one from her, one from her flockmate Primrose) hoping she'd add more. Today there are two more, one from each, and Violet is sitting tight and hissing at me. I want her to sit on as many as possible, so how long should I allow Primrose to keep adding eggs to the nest? I read somewhere that a duck can lay 3-4 more eggs after going broody, so should I let Primrose add eggs for as long as Violet continues to lay? Happily for me they lay different colored eggs so it's easy to tell whose is whose. I assume once Violet's done laying and broody for good I should set up an alternate nest for Primrose. Do I have this right? I'm very excited at the prospect of ducklings!

    Also, so long as Primrose starts laying elsewhere when I give her another nest, is it okay to let Violet stay with the rest of the flock until hatching day approaches? I know I need to protect the babies from the others when they hatch (there are just the two hens and one drake), but I assume for now she can sit for the next couple of weeks in the coop with the others in with her at night.
     
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  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You are lucky you can get that close to her!!! My broody's mate won't let me anywhere near her.
     
  3. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hadn't thought of that, but Sir Francis doesn't seem to care at all. Violet, however, is hissing like a snake and giving me the evil eye whenever I peek in to check on her. Maybe he knows she can take care of herself!
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:That and the fact that my broody's male is named Pricklet for a reason. [​IMG]
     

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