Indian Runners that didn't follow instructions ...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Phlox Flock, May 13, 2016.

  1. Phlox Flock

    Phlox Flock New Egg

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    Having been told my runners wouldn't sit - they did!

    ... the first started sitting as soon as she had 2 eggs. Then she started stealing the other ducks' eggs until she had a pile of about 20. After about 3 weeks sitting another duck also decided she was broody and they have been sitting together sharing the nest (a very modern family with 2 mums!) Today is Friday - Wednesday 1 hatched, and yesterday another - both mums seem very proud of themselves!

    However, my question is - because she sat from the first egg ... will the whole clutch still hatch in the same window - 72 hours-ish? Or might they actually hatch over the same period it took for her to lay and steal them all? I don't want to leave dead rotting eggs around the new ducklings, but I don't want to discard a healthy developing egg that's further behind in its growing process. How long should I wait and leave the other eggs? Does any one have any advice?

    Thank you!!
     
  2. 22lilchickens

    22lilchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your not alone My Indian runner hen went broody too this year.
     
  3. 22lilchickens

    22lilchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always wait a couple days then candle and see what's going on.
     
  4. Phlox Flock

    Phlox Flock New Egg

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    3 days later...number 3 duckling has appeared [​IMG]
     
  5. Phlox Flock

    Phlox Flock New Egg

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    ...and this morning there was number 4. So far this has taken 6 days - a very staggered clutch!
     
  6. Phlox Flock

    Phlox Flock New Egg

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    No more since then. But both mums sharing the parenting responsibilities equally :)

    Parents are white runners and either a black runner or a black Cayuga - each duckling is black with a yellow bib, and all are upright. I have inadvertently hatched penguins!
     

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