Ducks hatching their eggs


5 Years
Apr 28, 2014
Hi there all. I have 2 female ducks and 2 male ducks in my garden. The 2 females are currently sat on approx 26 eggs between them. They have chose their own nests i have stood back and let them do what they want.

The 2 males are constantly jumping on the one female as soon as she comes off her eggs. Then they cool down.

This is the first hatching lot of eggs I have done without the incubator. As you can probably tell they are currently protective of their eggs and hiss when i go near them. Quite funny considering I hand reared the 4 ducks.

Now I am a bit lost in what to do next. Ideally I want to remove the ducklings so they can go elsewhere.

Please can you offer advise on this please. Do I split the male ducks away from the female ducks now? or leave and then intervene when they have hatched?


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Dec 22, 2009
Welcome to BYC!

I've had drakes kill ducklings in the past so I would personally separate them now.

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