Ducks laying and broody

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Emdy, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Emdy

    Emdy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 young welsh harlequins. 5 drakes and 5 hens. I found 11 eggs in random places all over their pen today. Their first eggs. I've read that it's normal for them to lay all over. My question is, if they do this how will they go broody to hatch them. They're on a hill side so a lot of the eggs rolled down the hill. They have a coup but won't go in it. I can lock them up at night so maybe they'll lay in the morning before I let them out but i don't know if that will make them want to hatch. I'm not wanting them to go broody now, just informing myself for the future. Also their eggs were soft so I'm going to get them some oyster shells to eat. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Ducks are quite individual when it comes to brooding, seems to me. I have three ducks who go broody each year, and a couple more who get semi-broody.

    Keeping them in at night is usually safer than not - how secure is their day area? And yes, keeping them in till after they lay is a good strategy.
     

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