Help! Mother won't accept baby!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by OreoPlymothRock, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    995
    9
    113
    Apr 3, 2012
    Florida
    So, ducklings are hatching today, and we needed to intervene with one of them. So, we peeled the shell so it could break the membrane instead. We put the egg back on the nest when the mother grabbed the duckling and tried to kill it! What do we do? We don't want to raise them inside. Because of the loud noise. Our chicken, Puffball, incubated them and now is rejecting them! Please help!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    69,923
    5,654
    671
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    How much are you messing with the hen and ducklings? interfering with her and the hatching may have her upset. where is the duckling now?
     
  3. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    995
    9
    113
    Apr 3, 2012
    Florida
    getting dry in a brooder
     
  4. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

    424
    28
    108
    Nov 13, 2012
    Your the mother and the father of the duckling now.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    69,923
    5,654
    671
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
  6. animalz11

    animalz11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    191
    2
    83
    Jul 20, 2012
    QLD Australia
    If she wont accept her duckling there is really nothing you can do.
    If you handled the egg/duckling then the egg/duckling wouldn't smell like her, so try rubbing the duckling against her other eggs/ducklings so s/he can pick up the smell. If this doesn't work then you'll have ot raise it.
    But you can't raise the duckling by itself or it will imprint on you, you need at least another 2 ducklings...
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,215
    140
    243
    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    If you took them out from under her, then she may not accept them. Are there still 2 others under her? If so, leave them there and let her hatch them out. If she hatches them you can TRY to stick the hatched babies under her. This needs to be done at night, in as dark of an area as possible. So, have a helper that can hold a flashlight don't shine a light right on her just lift her and stick them under. You need to be there in the VERY early morning to make sure that she accepts them. It may not work she could kill them or you will need to raise them in the house.

    Broodies will bond with what hatches under them but they need to be there not taken and returned.

    Good luck.
     
  8. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    995
    9
    113
    Apr 3, 2012
    Florida
    we took them out from under her because fire ants were running in and out of the eggs.
     
  9. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,479
    60
    233
    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    If fire ants are a problem, it's might be best to get a brooder and raise them yourself. Otherwise, I would do what Jdywntr suggests.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by