Isolde's second clutch, HATCHED!--Update pg. 2

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aduckstolemyheart, May 31, 2011.

  1. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After her bad luck with the first clutch of eggs, we did not expect the eggs she stole from our other duck to hatch. Surprise! We went out this morning, and we've got babies! She's got one out on the top of the nest with her, but the other one or two out so far she's still covering, so it's hard to see how many are there. Husband thinks two more so far.

    I am guessing since her clutch did not hatch, that these must be Pekin/Swede mixes. What should we do with her and the babies? Should we keep her in her pen for a while, when should we allow them access to the duck yard? Anything special we need to put in there for them? Never had babies anywhere but my brooder, so I am new at this! Thanks for the help!

    Anyway, here's some pics!! Will update with more when she lets us see the rest!
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  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice!
     
  3. buckboy101

    buckboy101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look great![​IMG] You can either put them in a brooder or let them stay with their momma
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I keep moms with babies in their own area. You never know how a drake will react or what the other hens will do.
     
  5. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's being so protective of them, and the one little guy that's out, is cuddling with her, and snuggling, and I just can't bring myself to split them up!! Besides, we still have 4 runner babies in the brooder! lol We could switch them out, but she's worked so hard to be a mom, that if they're ok out there, I think I'd like to leave them with her. Just want to make sure I know how to keep them safe...
     
  6. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Wifezilla! Should I eventually fence off an area of the yard for them? How long are they ok in the pen? It's L shaped, but is about 15-20 sq. ft. total. I have the other ducks in the new dog run, so it's just her and the babies.
     
  7. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I see at least 4 babies under her! Wow! And now, my Pekin is broody and on a nest. [​IMG] Two breeds people said don't often go broody, and they both go maternal on me! Sigh...lol
     
  8. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK that is it, I'm begging my hubby for a male Khaki Duck for my birthday (its next Wednesday). I want to see my own little peepers. I currently have 2 females.
     
  9. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More pics finally! There's for sure 4, although I can only get three in the pic.
    Are those eye stripes or is that coincidence??
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  10. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, it's so neat to see your own ducklings!! Do it!!
     

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