Is she giving up?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Blondiega1, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I'm getting a little worried.
    My pekin hen Delilah has been setting on about 10 eggs faithfully for 10 days.
    She's not left the nest more than an hour at a time to eat and drink for the last 10 days.
    She's been setting pretty much 23 hours straight.

    Well, today she's been off nest several times to go bath, or hang with the others on the lake.
    Then she'll come back to the nest, only to leave again in a few hours to once again go to the lake with the others.

    Is this a sign she's giving up?
    I know Pekins are traditionally not very faithful at setting, but I have SO hoped she might do it.
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    what are your temps out side
     
  3. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Atlanta so High's in the low to mid 80's this week and low's in the low to mid 70's.
    And we've had a LOT of rain the last several days and more expected this week.
    And it's been REALLY humid.

    She's just been really restless today.
    Up and down. Fidgeting with nest. Adding pine straw, wood chips, I've even seen her pulling some feathers to add.
    And she's moving the eggs around too it seems. (I have a closed circuit camera on her so I can watch during the day. :D)
    She's back now.
    Was gone about 30 minutes, then back fidgeting with nest and she has now settled back down to setting on them.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds like she is probably doing okay. Hopefully just needed a little time to her self. [​IMG]
     
  5. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope so!!
    She's on nest again now.
    Will a hen leave the nest more often if it's very warm outside or very wet?
    We've had a lot of rain and she and the nest are under an alcove of the house behind the bushes so I think she's pretty much out of the rain, but it's still humid as all get out!
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Yes they will they know when it's too hot to sit or they would cook their babies, trust her to do the right thing. Hopefully she'll see this through to hatch day.
     
  7. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay.
    I'll try not to be a nervous Duck Grandma and just trust her instincts!
    18 Loooooong days to go!
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Especially when you can see every move she makes.
     
  9. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True story! [​IMG]

    I'm just so worried about her safety and any potential ducklings' safety that I set up the camera to be able to keep an eye on things!
    Well.....truth be known, my husband set up the camera for me. [​IMG]
    This is her and my first time so I am a nervous duck grandma!!!
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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    I'm sure you are, do you also watch during the night too? Honestly I would move her before the ducklings hatch. you can put her nest an all in a XL dog crate right where she sits. and then move her to a safe location once the ducklings begin hatching she isn't going to leave them then her and babies will be safe.
     

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