First Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by msf, May 29, 2012.

  1. msf

    msf Chirping

    Jul 21, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I have a broody Ameraucan sitting on 4 duck eggs. I figured the only way to break her 2 month brood was to give her something to mother, and I wanted some ducks any way. So she is sitting in one of the nest boxes in my big chicken house. I'm building a sceond smaller coop and it will be ready when the little quackers hatch. Questions:
    1. Should I remove the hen and duclings to the new coop when they hatch?
    2. Should I move just the babys to a brooder without the hen?
    3. If I leave the hen and babys together in a seperate coop should I heat it or will Mama do the job of keeping them warm?

    Thanks for this and asny other info you can provide.

  2. Apyl

    Apyl Songster

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    Congrats on the up coming babies. sorry I have no answers for you.
  3. DuckLover3

    DuckLover3 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    Marlborough, CT
    1. I'm assuming you have a drake if you're getting ducklings, so yes, you will need to move them to a different coop to keep the drake from attacking a possibly killing the ducklings.
    2. You could move the babies to a brooder without the hen, but as long as the hen is a good mother, she can take care of the babies
    3. Mama duck will provide all the heat that her babies need
    Have fun watching your ducklings grow!

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