Help - Near Threatened Red billed oyster catcher eggs for incubation - How to?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Allears, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All, what is the procedure when you put a different birds species eggs under a duck / hen? A nesting site was disturbed and because my duck is broody I was asked to try and hatch out the chicks. I remove the ducks eggs completely, or do I just replace a few. The oyster catchers eggs are bigger than the ducks eggs and look completely different colour wise. Duck is a very small muscovey. All input welcome.
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Oh my goodness. Me personally I would remove the muscovy eggs. put those in an incubator where you know the time to hatch.

    The broody will listen to hear when the chicks are to hatch.

    for what its worth though its proibably better to not be involved other than to give the eggs to a broody. Once they hatch they need to be fearful from humans. To survive in the world. Unless you plan on keeping them.

    I have to tell you I dont have water fowel of any kind. I want some but havent jumped into it. So If someone has better advice I would take it.

    deb
     
  3. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    First concern I have is how sturdy are Oyster Catcher chicks at hatch as can they resist trampling. Then do you expect a problem of duck wanting to move brood that will now be more nest bound before you have an opportunity to intervene. Then you will have the imprinting issues on duck and you which you likely are familiar with.
     
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  5. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all for the positive input. Oyster Catcher chicks are more "fragile" than ducklings, so would be removed on hatch. Once they've hatched we take over caring for them. Imprinting is always a risk and glove puppet feeding helps tremendously to reduce the likelihood. The eggs were already too cold to save[​IMG] Hopefully I'll have broody hens if it happens again, my hens are bigger than the duck [​IMG]
     

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