MALLARD DUCKLINGS QUESTION

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BackyardAnita, Aug 9, 2013.

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  2. No

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  1. BackyardAnita

    BackyardAnita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody duck is sitting on 5 fertile eggs and they're going to hatch in a week or two.
    I was wondering how the mother takes care of the Ducklings after they're born and if the drake plays any role in the ducklings lives, for instance; protecting the nest or something.
    I'm not sure if I should separate the mother and the ducklings from the rest of the flock, separate the ducklings and take care of them in a box, or leave them be.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In my experience most drakes do not bother the ducklings if they have enough space. I did have one Muscovy drake who was a duckling killer. He only got the opportunity once. Let the hen raise the ducklings - they know what to do.
     
  3. BackyardAnita

    BackyardAnita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should i separate the hen and ducklings from the flock?
     
  4. lizp

    lizp Out Of The Brooder

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    My duck had her first eggs this past weekend. So far she's been laying 2 eggs a day the last three days. Is that normal??!
     
  5. Jryxx

    Jryxx Out Of The Brooder

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    From my experience its not unheard of. As long as she's eating well and her spirits seem normal, and physical health is fine, I wouldn't worry! May want to check with someone who has a lot of experience though.
     
  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the wild, the drake's job is to protect his favorite hen(s), but he has no role in caring for the ducklings, though I have seen the odd drake show concern for one once in a while. It would be good to separate mom and ducklings from the flock if you don't have a lot of space, in my opinion. Mom and ducklings don't stay in one place and will want to wander around a bit.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013

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