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if you let duck hatch her own eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ambrose, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. ambrose

    ambrose In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    will she let you pick up and socialize the ducklings as much as you could if they were in a brooder.

    Or are humans much more out of the loop if you go that route?

  2. PetesMom

    PetesMom Songster

    Mar 28, 2012
    Columbia County, NY
    I was wondering the same thing, as I have two Scovie females and I'm waiting for them to go "broody"
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    Most likely no she won't. The mothering instinct will take over and she will see you as a threat to the babies. She is just a duck though so you could still pick up the babies against her protests.
    You could let her hatch them and then take them away and brood them yourself.
  4. dukzzz

    dukzzz In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2012
    you could let her hatch 3 or 4 of her own(put some extra dummy eggs in the nest) and then incubate a few yourself. Best of both worlds
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    It would be very hard for me to take away ducklings from the mother. it takes a little longer for the ducklings to trust you, they eventually will enough to eat out of your hand, maybe not pick them up, but most ducks don't like to be picked up anyway. I enjoy watching mama ducks teach their ducklings.
  6. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Songster

    My Ancona hatched out a few ducklings last summer, and she was very good about letting me come in and cuddle on the babies. I guess it depends on the duck- how people-friendly they are. It's pretty sweet to watch momma ducks teach their babies to swim. :)
  7. un-named543

    un-named543 Songster

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    I LOVE watching a mother with her ducklings, but mine tried to kill me when I touched the eggs or babies. She would fly into me, grab the skin on my hands and twist as hard as she could. I still handled the babies, but knowing it was gonna cost me a finger or two.....
    but SOOOO worth it!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012

  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Leave her and the ducklings alone. If the duck is tame, then she will teach the ducklings to come to you for food and to allow you to walk around them. They will learn to do whatever their mother normally does in her routine life.

    She's the mother. It's her job to defend her ducklings. She'd be a lousy mother if she let anyone take her eggs or catch her ducklings.
  9. ambrose

    ambrose In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012

    This goes back to my thread about starting adults v. ducklings. I think I'm going to start w/ducklings so i get a turn to be the broody mama first. Then later I'll let them set their own.

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