Mother Duck Killing her Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lndzd, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Lndzd

    Lndzd Hatching

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    Help! My Duck hatched 8 ducklings. (She had 10 eggs and already threw out and killed 1 right after it hatched). They all hatched 2 days ago and were perfectly healthy, then this morning I saw that she threw 2 of the ducklings out of the nest and drowned another one. Why would she kill a 2 day old baby? Does she have too many and can't handle it? Should I take some of the ducklings away and put them in a brooder box? I don't want her killing more of them. Thank you for any help/advice you can give me!
     

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    I'd take them all away, some ducks are just not good mothers and she sure hasn't proved she is, I wouldn't take any more chances. are you sure it's her? any others able to get to the ducklings?
     
  3. Lndzd

    Lndzd Hatching

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    It is definitely the mother. Okay, I think I will take them away from her. How long do you think I should wait before I can try to put them back with her and my other female duck?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    I'd let them be at least 4 weeks old and in the meantime fix it so they can all see each other at times during warmest part of day so ducklings won't chill [but where none will be in hot sun] so they can be together but not where any harm can come to the ducklings. . Your ducks will accept the duckling eventually but there will always be a pecking order. a couple years ago one of my Scovy went broody she was a wonderful brooder, once hatching began she attacked the one duckling and tried to kill him, the other died trying to hatch, she surprised me. I have never had an unfit mother duck till her. Last year I let her sit again, watched her closely ready to intervene she was a wonderful mother. You just never know.
     

  5. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Songster

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    I had one that was unfit for motherhood. Do take the remaining ducklings away and brood them yourself.
     

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