My duck is sitting on chicken eggs - what do I do when they hatch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eggmonger, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Eggmonger

    Eggmonger New Egg

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    I have 8 hens, a rooster and a duck. The rooster has been amorous with EVERYONE - including the duck! She got broody on her eggs - which won't hatch - so I substituted some of the chicken eggs into her nest and she never noticed. When - if - these hatch in about a week, what should I do? Leave the chicks with her? Take them away and raise them separately? It was probably not a good idea to do what I did, but now it's in motion and I will have to deal with it in some way.
     
  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be afraid she would take the chicks into the water.....
     
  3. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH NO! Don't let her take the babies in the water! I would take the chicks when they hatch and put them in a brooder....
     
  4. steelersfan43

    steelersfan43 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yikes, thats what I was wondering, if she would try to take them swimming.....
     
  5. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Late last summer one of my BO hens laid an egg in the duck nest. The Cayuga duck hen hatched out the BO chick and two of her own ducklings. I left the BO chick w/her for 3 days then put it w/the BO hen and her other chicks because I too, was afraid the duck hen would take the BO chick swimming. The great thing about it all was the BO flock and the ducks were all in the same fenced area so all the adult birds were excellent w/the chicks and ducklings:)
     
  6. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what if you temporarily take away her swimming water source while she has the chicks? then she could still raise them without the risk of drowning, and then you wouldnt have to put them in a brooder either?
     

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