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Mother duck smothering babies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cornfedhogedito, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. cornfedhogedito

    cornfedhogedito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 4 of dead duckling removal. Besides taking all babies from mother what can I do to stop the body count? Some were just hatched and others were 1 or 2 days old. She sat on 18 and 3 were killed just after hatching 2 were day old. 1 found hole in fence and neighbors dog brought it back to me, albeit dead. Have 3 eggs left, 2 that might hatch 1 I found in the water dish ice cold, but I put it back in nest just in case.
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    She is very protective, but is starting to let me get next to babies without taking my arm off now! Small but she hits extremely hard!

    Thanks
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would bring them in and brood them.

    PM Miss Lydia for some advice on that.
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Taking the ducklets is about the only thing you can do. If mom is killing them, either intentionally or a bunch accidentally, best not to leave them with her.
     
  4. cornfedhogedito

    cornfedhogedito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was thinking. Thanks
     

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