Hello from Tauranga, New Zealand


In the Brooder
Dec 12, 2015
New Zealand
Hello from New Zealand (home of Lord of the Rings!). I live with my husband and teenage son and daughter in Tauranga - a beautiful coastal city on the eastern side of the North Island. My 14 year old daughter and I share a passion for birds and every spring we hand-rear one or two lots of orphans that come to us through our local bird rescue organisation.

My daughter has been DESPERATE to raise ducklings for a very long time and as we haven't been fortunate enough to have any orphans come our way, I recently purchased 4 fertile Magpie duck eggs for her. Tears of joy ensued, and after much 'Googling' and researching, we built a home incubator and started incubating. At Day 13, we confirmed two very active embryos (and 2 yolkers) by candling the eggs and then transferred the developing eggs to my mother's hen, which fortuitously, had meantime become fervently clucky! Our ducklings are due on the 27th of December - a late Christmas present - so fingers crossed all goes well!!

I have a question about one of the eggs - a 'special needs' egg - that I will ask elsewhere on the forum.


Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
May 3, 2009
New Jersey
Welcome to BYC, and good luck with the incubation. Good to see the use of the term 'clucky'. It's how a setting hen was always referenced when I was a kid.

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hi and a warm welcome to BYC - I hope that all goes well with your hatch.

All the best

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