how many duck eggs under a banty

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KellyandKatie, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Songster

    Aug 29, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I have one muscovy hen setting on a bunch of eggs ( our first time)
    the other ducks eggs I have left to see if one of my other scovie girls will set too
    the other ducks are not too interested, but my chicken hens are- they keep getting in the box with my mama scovie, and one silkie/cochin mix ( she is one of my favorite girls, Little Britches) has been starting to set I think- but she is not a big bird, she is just a little banty- and of corse duck eggs are large
    should I take some of those eggs back out? Leave them? I was hoping my ducks would set if I left them and they got the idea- but once she starts to set on them, I will need to make sure she sticks with it, or put them in a bator, right?
    like I said, this is my first time with one of my girls hatching out eggs- I started another thread about how to set up an area for her to rear her babies in the duck forum- maybe I should ask here too- right now she is just in the coop with all the other ducks and chickens- but I was thinking that once the ducks hatch I will need to move them so the other chikens and ducks don't kill them- what would be an ideal set up for that? Cheap is good, we are pretty handy and can whip something together- just not sure what, if I should just section off part of teh coop, or move her while she is setting- not sure
    the birds just lay and sleep in the coop, they are free range
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I would guess a bantie could maybe cover four duck eggs..
  3. ctaynton

    ctaynton In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2010
    Eastern Oregon
    I put 6 Rouen duck eggs under my Silkie banty. She hatched out all of them! Good luck!

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