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My duck's nest taken over by a hen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Nancy's girls, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Nancy's girls

    Nancy's girls Out Of The Brooder

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    My duck laid a nest of eggs a few weeks ago. Over the last week one of my hens has taken over the nest and the mom duck doesn't seem to care any more. Two questions: One, I would like to move the nest. Is that ok? Two, if I remove the hen from the scene will the duck go back to her nest or is it too late? Do I just let mama hen hatch the ducklings? I guess there is a #3, will my other hens attack the ducklings (this is why I am wanting to move them)?
     
  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    I would like to move the nest. Is that ok? Yes you can move a broody chicken and her nest
    If I remove the hen from the scene will the duck go back to her nest or is it too late? I would think the duck has moved on and will not go back
    Do I just let mama hen hatch the ducklings? Why not
    Will my other hens attack the ducklings (this is why I want to move them)? I would either move the other hens or the broody and the eggs or maybe you could put up a wall of wire or something to separate them all but yes I wouldn't want the other hens around the ducklings
     
  3. Nancy's girls

    Nancy's girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. We will move adoptive mom and eggs tomorrow to their own fenced garden space.
     

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