laying on 17 eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by elephantapple, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. elephantapple

    elephantapple New Egg

    Apr 28, 2013
    so in my previous post, i wrote about how my drake (indian runner) was killed and now my hen has started laying on her eggs nonstop except to eat and drink.

    my question is, when i first found the nest, there were only fifteen eggs. now there is 17 (one of them is broken). is this normal? i dont want to touch any of them. i'd like for them to hatch if any of them are fertile. but i just feel like thats a lot of eggs.

    maybe she's trying to keep any fertile ones because she's missing him? im not sure.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Ducks are hard to figure out, and a broody is even more so.

    I feel the best you can do is keep her very very safe, and be ready with an incubator and a brooder in case she stops brooding or gets aggressive with ducklings. That is something else we cannot know ahead of time.
  3. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan

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