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How many times can a duck have ducklings in a year?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Renee55, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Renee55

    Renee55 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mallard who was sitting on 4 eggs, but only 2 of them survived the hatch...So far. I really wanted all 4 babies to hatch too, so I'd really like her to hatch out more babies so I can have more, but I'm not sure if she'll go broody again, or stay broody enough to just put new eggs under her and just hope she sits for another 28 days.

    Is this a once a year type of deal and once eggs hatch, that's it for the season, or do you think with it being early enough in the season that she'd stay broody and hatch out more eggs? This hatch was her incubating another duck's eggs, so I'm not short on fertilized eggs to put under her. I just need her to stay the good mama she's been and incubate them for me, if it's even possible. Yes, I've removed the babies from the nest into the house, and she's sitting on one remaining egg I think might have died, but hoping hasn't. Was thinking of putting fresh eggs under her, but I just have no idea if that would work successfully or not. I'm sure ducks are aware of how long they've been broody and stop at some point? Maybe I'm wrong, but that's why I'm asking

    Couldn't seem to find anything on Google except on wild ducks saying once a year, but I'm sure domesticated ducks are different. Any help would be grateful! :)
     
  2. DuckPan

    DuckPan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you provide enough light, they should do 3 - 5 hatches a year.
     
  3. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your wanting to know,how many she might,usually 5 to 10 eggs.
     
  4. Renee55

    Renee55 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's helpful thank you!

    Does that mean though, that if I put new eggs under her, even after she's been sitting for 28 days already, that she'll continue to sit? Or do I need to allow her to come out of being broody first and wait for her to go broody again and want to nest again?
    I don't wanna put hatching eggs under her just for her to quit sitting after 8 days and then have eggs die from not being sat on full term.
     
  5. DuckPan

    DuckPan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wait about 2 or 3 weeks in between each brood.
     

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