its cold and I have a duck outside about to have hatchlings

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PrincessPhallow, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. PrincessPhallow

    PrincessPhallow Hatching

    Mar 3, 2017
    The eggs should be hatching around the 13th of this month, so in about 10 days. I live in Ohio and it's March so it's still pretty cold, especially at night. My duck has her nest under their pen and she actually used a hole that was already in the ground to lay her eggs in. She has been sitting on them and she is pretty young so I understand it is very possible they won't hatch but I have caught my ducks "doing the do" and then she laid 6 eggs and has been sitting on them since then. I know if they hatch it will be too cold for them but I don't know what to do. I don't have an incubator and I can't just take her and her eggs and bring them inside and put them under a hear lamp...even though I would love to do that. It would make things so much easier. But I just don't know what to do. Some wild ducklings that were only a day old were brought to me by a family member because the mom was killed and they wouldn't eat and I tried everything to get them to eat i even tube fed them with a little dropper and it didn't work. Ive never been so crushed. I lost 6 baby Ducks and im scared that'll happen again. Would I take the hatchlings as soon as they come out of their eggs? Would I just let them hatch outside and then bring them in?Should I bring the mom in with them? Help please!!

  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2017
    I think if you moved her and the eggs into a new nest inside the duck house and filled it up with straw they should be OK. You see, the hollow shafts of straw insulate the heat she creates. For extra warmth, the drake could be put in there but if you have other ducks you probably want to leave him with them.

    I hope that they hatch successfull... good luck to you and Momma Duck!

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