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Mandarin Ducks Sitting on Eggs!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by luvmydux, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. luvmydux

    luvmydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So for the first time ever, I have a female mandarin duck sitting on eggs! I am oober excited! However, it seems that she doesn't have a mate:( Will these ducks sit on infertile eggs? Or will she give up if there is nothing in them? She has been sitting for over a week so I am hopeful. I do know that my broody hens are really good at getting rid of "bad" eggs, so I don't know if ducks are the same?? I have 2 females and 5 males total, one female is definately bonded to a male, but not sure about the one sitting. The bonded female goes in the nest too (esp. at night) and there seems to be a lot of eggs! Could they be sharing a nest? What do I do?? So excited for mandarin babies!!!!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You might want to try the Ornamental Fowl section for more responses
     
  3. luvmydux

    luvmydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Kevin!
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Male ducks have been known to cheat on their spouses, so if she is in with males, her eggs are probably fertile.

    I don't know if ducks will throw out eggs that aren't growing. I suppose you could go out there at night and candle eggs, as long as you don't worry that the duck will abandon her nest.

    My theory is : leave them alone. I figure they know more about hatching eggs than I do.
     

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