Hen sitting on chicken and DUCK eggs

Supajen

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Oct 2, 2012
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My Cochin hen is hatching out chicks as I write this. Problem is, she's also sitting on 6 Swedish duck eggs! I'm afraid that once all the chicks hatch she will get off the eggs and the ducks will not get a chance to hatch since they require a several more days of development. Can I use a heat lamp the remaining few days on the duck eggs? Any suggestions?
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sourland

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You can remove the chicks immediately and brood them out of earshot, or you can try to rig up a makeshift incubator. You ae correct in thinking that she will leave the nest with her chicks.
 

Supajen

In the Brooder
7 Years
Oct 2, 2012
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South Texas
thanks for advice - got home yesterday and she had kicked 5 of the 6 duck eggs out of the nest and they were cold. I candled them and looks like they didn't develop all the way. But my pretty girl did hatch out 6 beautiful assorted chicks (she was sitting on several different chicken eggs)!!!!
 

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