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Help with Khaki eggs!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ghostco, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. ghostco

    ghostco In the Brooder

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    Hi there,
    Our khaki has been diligently sitting on her eggs for the last couple of weeks, but now is starting to stray from her nest .
    We think it may be because we took an egg to put in the incubator over the weekend (so we didn't have to separate her from one that we want to raise inside).
    Any ideas and / or advice?
     

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    My Runners - some of them - are unpredictable when it comes to sitting. I have seen a duck sit half a day, a couple days, a couple weeks, on up to three months.
     
  3. ghostco

    ghostco In the Brooder

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    Hmm seems like ducks in general might be unpredictable.
    She was just so constant in her care for them and now suddenly is erratic.
     
  4. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    When my chickens get a little wondery in the last little stretch of broodiness I just try to give then an extra bit of protein (scrambled eggs) wonder maybe that would help the duck want to sit longer...
     
  5. ghostco

    ghostco In the Brooder

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    Hmm thanks for the advise. I've confined her in the coop area, with food, water and some scrambled eggs (which are coincidently her favourite treats). Hopefully she'll recommit!
    We candled an egg quickly - seems to be development from when we last checked
     
  6. ghostco

    ghostco In the Brooder

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    She's choosing to sit NEXT to the nest in the coop.
    Should I try to save the eggs in an incubator? Is there a way to tell if the eggs are still alive??
     
  7. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    Candle and watch for movement then put them in the bator.
     
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  8. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    Even if you don't see much put them in the bator, eggs are pretty tough they can handle a period of cooling mature embryos in them there's a chance. There's always a chance
     
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  9. ghostco

    ghostco In the Brooder

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    Thanks, I'll get the other half to move them when he finishes work. Fingers crossed! It's our first set of potential ducklings so we're really excited / anxious!
     
  10. hennible

    hennible Crowing

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