My Duck Hatched A Chicken!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Iamaqte, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Riegelsville, Pa
    Hi Everyone! Well I just had to share my experience from this weekend!!

    I was out and about yesterday cleaning up stuff in the yard and trying to get a little more organized for winter.
    Well I was out by my chicken house and I kept hearing this high pitch "peep" "peep". I gotta be honest, i just thought it was one of my smaller chickens.. but after hearing this for about 20 minutes I decided I better just go in to check.

    Well I know my chickens have been laying - but none would stay sitting on the eggs so i collect them regularly. BUT my one duck has been sitting for quite sometime.....

    My ducks was up getting some food and water so i went over to the nest and a little yellow feathered head peeked up at me. I was shocked! I am assuming one of my chickens laid an egg in there while she was away from her nest of something.

    It is my first chick that i had hatch for me.. So i am super excited! Even more excited that my duck hatched it. Can u believe that?

    I know she has duck eggs under her... Anyone know how long it takes for ducks to hatch? I am going to give her another week on them and then I am going to put some more chicken eggs under her. I might even try some of my other ducks eggs.. they dont seem to be sitting on them often.

    This might just work till i get an incubator!! LOL

    I am going to leave the chick with her "mama" for now.. but I am in the process of setting up something for any new arrivals I may get. ( I dont wanna mamma teaching them how to swim..)

    I was totally not expected this.. so now i have some fire lit under my butt to get this done!

    Thanks for letting me share! I am will try to get pictures tomorrow night (when I am home) and then i will post them on Wednesday!
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    That's just too cool. I've read lots of stories of people using chickens to brood ducks, but not the other way around! I say if she's willing, then might as well make use of it. [​IMG]
  3. lexustami

    lexustami Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    St. Clairsville, OH
    EDIT: Oops. I didn't see that you already mentioned this in your original post.

    I know others will mention this as well but I wanted to say something before it is too late.

    Remember... chicks can't swim. Momma Duck will try to take her new chick swimming before too long. You need to take the chick away from her.

    Take care,

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  4. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Riegelsville, Pa
    Quote:I KNOW:) But thanks for letting me know anyways!! I appreciate all input:)
  5. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    Congrats on your surprise chickie!
    Duck eggs usually take 28 days, while Moscovies take about 35 days (and mixes fall somewhere in between). So another week should do it -let us know how it goes!
  6. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    That is too neat! And post pictures when you get them! [​IMG]
  7. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    My duck hatched out two babies chicks back in the summer.. a broody duck is a great thing to have in my personal opinion.. and my Muscovy Lucy is more broody than my chickens.. shes sitting bantam eggs right now...

    edited for pic...

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  8. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Riegelsville, Pa
    My girl is a mascovy!! She keeps going broody.. I will use it to my advantage! LOL

    Promise to post pics and keep you all updated!!
  9. Hi there thats fantastic, i think!!! im just worried that the chick will need some food, so place some chick starter next to mumma duck with some water, so mumma duck can keep cooking her eggs while baby has some food. get some cooked egg yolk for them.
    Then when the ducklings hatch you will need to change to game starter or turkey starter which is not so medicated.
    Baby ducks cannot have chick starter.
    Have fun keep us posted.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    Very nice, you should be proud, take lots of pictures,

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