Limiting clutch size

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by seussiii, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. seussiii

    seussiii Out Of The Brooder

    42
    3
    29
    Jan 26, 2017
    How easy is it to control a broody mothers clutch size? I've read some threads saying they might choose to sit/collect up to 10-15 eggs at a time.

    If I wanted say... 4-5 ducklings. Can I just let her go broody with 5 eggs, mark them, then remove the new (unmarked eggs) each morning after that until she stops laying and tends to the 4-5?

    Some people have even suggested replacing excess eggs with fake eggs? Is that necessary?

    Also, will disturbing the nest turn her away from going broody?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    You can remove the older eggs...The newer ones are better for hatching out of the nest...Yes, you can take ones away as long as she goes Broody...Some just lay eggs and never want to set to hatch them......

    Cheers!
     
  3. seussiii

    seussiii Out Of The Brooder

    42
    3
    29
    Jan 26, 2017
    Ok thanks!

    I read that some will wait to go broody until they collect a certain number so I wasn't sure.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens



    Yep, they all do....Just depends if she will set them?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by