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Help gathering eggs without stressing the flock

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MightFly, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. MightFly

    MightFly In the Brooder

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    My ducks and my drake are all super protective of the nest. If I gather the eggs they become very stressed, even if I wait until they are out roaming around. One duck actually seems to get despondent about it, walking around and quacking. I don't know what to do! I've got 3 ducklings as a result of my guilt, who are an adorble mix of pekin and Cayuga. I've tried using dummy eggs (plastic) but they just kick them out. It doesn't seem to matter to the ducks if the eggs are fertile or not.

    Any suggestions?
     

  2. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

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    Just keep taking the eggs. They will get over it
     
  3. MightFly

    MightFly In the Brooder

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    They will get over it, but will I? I'm like marshmallow.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    I found ceramic eggs - those seem to work pretty well.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @MightFly I just keep taking their eggs and I am still working on getting over it. I do it anyway I know I have too. .
     

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