Hi from Alabama!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CarolynD13, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. CarolynD13

    CarolynD13 New Egg

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    I have 3 laying chickens and 3 Mallards- 2 ducks 1 drake. My ducks have made a nest in a doggie igloo and have 20 eggs so far...I am getting anxious for them to stay with the eggs. Today I found that one of the eggs had been eaten by something (probably my shitzu) so I wiped off the residual yolk from the other eggs and put fresh shavings at the bottom because it was starting to smell. I hope I did the right thing and I hope mother nature kicks in with my 2 ducks because 10 days is approaching fast!
    My silkie chicken is very broody and likes to lay on the duck eggs a little each day to lay her egg. Is this going to be a problem?

    I am a newbie so any advice would be appreciated!!

    Thanks,
    Carolyn
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your ducks! Hopefully you'll get some good suggestions over on the Duck forum. You might want to mark the duck eggs by date and collect them until you have as many eggs as you want them to set, then replace the older eggs with the newer eggs as the days go on and use the extra eggs to eat etc if you want ... you can leave fake eggs in the nest until the duck goes broody then give her back the real eggs. That way you don't waste eggs if they don't go broody anytime soon.
     
  3. CherMoz

    CherMoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome Carolyn! Greetings from Wisconsin.
     
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You should probably block off the nest from the Silkie as she can go in there and break eggs and such. There is no need for her eggs in with the incubation of the other eggs. Definitely stop by our ducks section for more help with your ducks...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Good luck with the hatch! And keep us posted!! :)
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I agree with posting in the Ducks forum :)
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good luck!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I hope your ducks play along and go broody on some of those eggs... I wouldn't let them sit on more than the duck can comfortable cover though, around 10-12, to minimise mishaps and accidents in the nest.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with the incubation! I don't have any experience with broody hens actually hatching eggs, so I can't really help you much.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with the incubation!
     

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