My broody hen hatched ducklings! UPDATE: Chicks are hatching! w/PICS!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cowgirl71, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look what I found in the broody box this morning...


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    I think I already have a favorite, LOL. The one taking a three second nap is so sweet! The other one likes to hide behind momma, and I had to keep bringing him/her to the front for pictures! But they're both so cute!

    The ducklings are a Black Swedish/Khaki Campbell cross. The hen was/is sitting on 3 duck eggs and 7 chicken eggs. The ducks were due tomorrow, and the chicks are due the day after. I don't know why they hatched so early...
    I'm SO excited!!! [​IMG] This is the first time I've ever had a broody hatch eggs, and they're my first duckies!

    P.S. The hen now has a name... "Ducky." [​IMG]
     
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  2. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW ! [​IMG] did you have to wet the eggs everyday to keep humidity up??

    Congrats on the ducks !! [​IMG]
     
  3. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is just adorable!! I wonder if momma will be odded out by the peeping chicks, since she's been hearing little quackers. The chicks might have an idenity crisis [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nope! I've heard of doing that, but didn't. I figured it would make a mess, with moldy hay, muddy eggs, etc. The main thing I did was excercise self-control to NOT look under her for pips and chicks. Which was SO HARD. Because it's her body of course that's producing the humidity...

    Quote:The ducklings are actually making peeping noises. I was expecting "quack-quack-quack," but they're "peep-peep-peep," very much like chicks. Maybe because they were hatched under a hen? Or maybe they'll start quacking later... I hope so!
     
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  5. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all ducks peep like chicks when they're babies. just like chickens, they get their real voices as they get older! [​IMG]
     
  6. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

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    This is so awesome! I recently had a broody silkie hatch out 6 ducklings! It got interesting when the ducks were bigger than her and still followed her around single file! It was my first broody hatch and ducks also! I never misted my eggs either and they all hatched with no problems! We only kept two of them and are hoping they are both females. I will try to post a pic of mine. It is pretty cute to see the chicken sitting on ducklings!
     
  7. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wait till some of her babies head for the water, She will have a fit.
     
  8. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

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    This is what I found one morning in the brooder box. There was one more underneath her.

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    Here there are following her around.

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    Here are the two that we kept. They live with the chickens.
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh my - cuteness overload! [​IMG]
     
  10. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went down to check on them at 10:00am, and found her off the nest with the two ducklings. [​IMG] So I put her and the ducklings back on the nest, and eventually got a brooder ready for them in the basement. So at 5:30pm, I went to collect eggs and ducklings. [​IMG] And guess what I saw... A hen OFF the nest [​IMG] with... THREE ducklings! So I put the three ducklings in the brooder, and momma's back on the nest now, to finish the chicken eggs. [​IMG]

    ctaynton: That is SO cute how they follow her around! Especially 'cause they're almost as big as she is, and look totally different! But to them, she's "Mom." [​IMG]
     

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