In the Brooder
- Nov 27, 2018
I have a muscovy hen who's ducklings started hatching about 24 hours ago. There are 4 ducklings, and at least 5 more eggs that have not hatched yet. She has made her nest in an empty stall in the barn, so she is protected fairly well from drafts but we live in Canada and it is already very cold. The barn temperature is generally around 0 Celsius (but it has been -5 lately). The chicks are nestled under her, and we have added extra straw and shavings to build up some insulation. I did hang a heat lamp but given her position in the corner, I can't get it right over the nest, but it is close. I have brought water and food near her too. My question is, given the cold temperatures already, can the ducklings survive with their Mom or should I remove them and put them in a separate insulated crate with their own heat lamp/food/water, or just let Mom do her thing? Also, will the other eggs still hatch or are they more likely not to? THANK YOU SO MUCH!