Duck sitting on different age eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by shortchic95, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. shortchic95

    shortchic95 Hatching

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    Hey everyone this is my first time letting my duck hatch her own eggs. I'm fairly new to having chickens and ducks. I have never hatched eggs before and honestly it's been a long time since I had babies so I'm very inexperienced.
    The problem that I'm having right now is that.. she is laying on two eggs that she laid on May 31st , I candled them they are growing beautifully.
    I have her in her own coop with plenty of food and water so I haven't really had to mess with her or go in there.
    Well, today I went to go check on the viability of the eggs. When I went to go candled him I found two more eggs so a total of 4 eggs right now. In the first two eggs that were laid on the 31st, I saw today a little duck foot wiggling around in both. In the new eggs I can see that they are around 5 to 7 days old, maybe...

    Do I need to take the new eggs out? I've never incubated eggs so that's not really an option.
    Will the mama continue to sit on the new eggs after the older eggs have already hatched? And then what happens to the babies that are already hatched, will the mom take care of them the way that she needs to?

    I'm sorry this post is long I just I'm not sure what to do. Hopefully someone can help me!

    Thanks,
    Sarah
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Yes remove the new eggs. The hen will leave the nest approximately 2 days after the first eggs hatch and the remaining eggs will be abandoned to die. Best to stop their development now unless you have somewhere to move them to after she leaves them.
     

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