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Introducing incubator-hatched ducklings to mom and her babies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ayerock, May 3, 2016.

  1. ayerock

    ayerock New Egg

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    We have 1momma duck with at least 5babies naturally hatched, 2 days old. We've got another 4 ducklings hatched from incubator, 5 days old. Is it safe to add incubator babies to the ones with momma? If so, when and how?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I know it can work for chickens, but i know nothing about ducks, I'm afraid. I'd suggest posting your question on the "Duck" forum, as the experts there will be best placed to advise you.

    Good luck

    CT
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would watch her closely to see that she truly accepts them. I don't know anything about ducks. If a chicken hen accepts them she will tuck them in underneath her to keep them warm. Maybe you should ask on the duck thread first.
     
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    At 5 days old, I would be leery of trying that... ducks are much more finicky about adopting... the ducklings tend to imprint quickly so they may not recognize her as a momma... and if they don't stop crying she may attack them in frustration...

    Ducks seem to communicate a lot more with their brood before they hatch, bonding while still in shell... if they were just hatched, I might try it... but I know my Calls have wanted to try to take in other ducklings, but it got rather frantic when the older ones kept freaking out...
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2016
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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