If a Broody Hen Hatches Out Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Catalina, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    If a broody hen hatches out ducklings will they be imprinted on her forever?

    How does imprinting work? Will the ducks want to stay/live with the chickens? Or do they 'grow out' of needing their mommy?

    Will they imprint on me, even if the hen hatches them out?

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  2. ntiveheart

    ntiveheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    interesting questions. i'll be looking forward to the replies!
     
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Theirs two parts to an imprint. The actual imprint upon hatching (The first animal it sees bigger than itself). And the bonding (Who handles the animal the most, spends the most time with it)

    The hen hatches them, they will imprint on chickens. The ducks will assume they are chickens, and depnding on the bonding, they might try to be near the chickens. If it bonds with the Hen, they will follow her around and love her until they are grown. Again they still might try to be near the chickens and probably won't be as friendly or nice to humans. If you take them away from the hen at hatching and raise them in a brooder where you can spend tons of time with them, they will be more likely to like humans and may be friendlier to you, but they will always think they are chickens.

    A duckling that is hatched in an incubator usually sees humans first and thinks it's a human. If several ducklings are raised in a brooder and handled a lot by humans, they usually will like humans and go near them when they are older. While these ducks are usually a lot nicer/friendlier, they can have issues with following the wrong humans if they get out (like up to a street or someone that might harm them), esp since they think they are humans.

    Any duckling that is hatched in a incubator, and raised alone very closely with humans will not only assume it humans, but they tend to want to be treated like one as well (ahem, my ducks, lol). These ducks don't do well living outside where they can't be near humans most of the time. MY ducks live inside my house and get upset with me if i am gone longer than a few hours. I don't reccommend this type of imprinting for any beginner or anyone who wants to retain their sanity.
     
  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Ducklings don't imprint on an indiviual, but they can bond to an individual....

    They imprint on a species...
    Bond to the Individual....

    Hope that helps...
     
  5. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    Quote:LOL Thanks that's very interesting!
     
  6. LuckyChicken

    LuckyChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    What an interesting post! We have considered getting a few ducks this spring, and this post just made up my mind. My daughter is hoping ducks are as friendly as her black cochin bantam, who follows her around like a little puppy dog. Sounds like ducks can make great pets!!!
     
  7. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    I had a hen hatch some ducks, When the bigger chickens tried to eat the duckies,(While I was letting them out to graze a few got out of the separate run!) I took them away and it worked out that my duck's eggs had hatched so I put them in with her at dark time! She took the ducks even though they were at least a week older, she never seemed to notice!
    Until then they did what the Momma chicken showed them. After a day with the ducks, they did what the ducks did!!!
    It was so cool!
    Brenda
    A pic is in the MY favorite duck pictures post!
     

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