Introducing ducklings to a broody momma?

Cole Campbell

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I have a whole dilemma I have already spelled out on another post, but essentially my duck (8-9 months old) stole a bunch of hen eggs and has brooded over them and now we have babies. I don’t have any broody hens, so I’m having to take the babies away from her. Is it possible to put the week-ish old ducklings I just got from Tractor Supply in with her and let her raise them?
 

PirateGirl

Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist
Mar 11, 2017
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You can try, ducks are not often accepting of ducklings that are not their own, and now that they are a week old the ducklings are less likely to imprint on her and/or view her as their mother. Be prepared to step in quickly should things go wrong. Perhaps judges her interest with a see no touch setup first. Can she not just raise the chicks she hatched for awhile?
 

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