Help , mandarin ducks eggs have hatched

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by Daft duck, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Daft duck

    Daft duck In the Brooder

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    i was given a male and female manderin ducks two years ago , there very nervous , this year they produced 7 eggs I very foolishly let them sit on them , yesterday they produced 2 chicks , now I’ve no idea how I should be taking care of this family or if other eggs will hatch .
    They have laid the eggs over a period of 3 weeks and have sat on them for around 4 .
    Will any more chicks hatch .?
    I have prepared a larger hutch for them closer to the pond in anticipation of moving the family as I didn’t want to disturb them before .
    I have absolutely no experience with ducks prior to being given the mandarins , however the same friend also dropped 3 call duck on me .
    The calls are separate from the manderins as they bullied them .
    All help and advice appreciated.
    I did post in the general duck forum but it was suggested i post here .
     
  2. mixedUPturk

    mixedUPturk Loves Hatching

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    More ducklings mighthatch you could candle the eggs to see if theyre close to developed. Just need a super bright flashlight. Aside from thatbwhat do u offer for feed?
     
  3. Daft duck

    Daft duck In the Brooder

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    I’m offering chick crumb for feed , mom not sitting on other 2 eggs , and chicks are real live wires , have completely netted wall garden now , and filled in any gapes that they may squeeze through they’ve not been near pond yet . Mom and dad are trampling on chicks is this normal
     
  4. mixedUPturk

    mixedUPturk Loves Hatching

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    Trampling them? No not normal like how? When you go out by them they run and run right over the babes? I could see that occuring ducks are very high strung as a whole and that ornamental breed even more so. Or like ur watching them from inside and theyre like ingoring the little ones walking right overtop of them?

    Chick crumble is a good start but what percentage of crude protien does it have?

    Im glad youve made improvements to be sure theyre not escaping :highfive:
     
  5. Daft duck

    Daft duck In the Brooder

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    When I disturb them by feeding and checking water,
     
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  6. mixedUPturk

    mixedUPturk Loves Hatching

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    Also its for the best that theyre not getn in the water yet they cant thermoregulate yet so if there isnt yet u might add a small waterer to be sure they have what they need
    Yea thats normal
     

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