Need HELP with a Female Pekin

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newduckowner, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. newduckowner

    newduckowner New Egg

    Oct 21, 2011
    My female pekin has laid her first nest of 11 eggs but she is not laying on them. I do have a male pekin and spotted them mating a couple of times :)
    1. I have read pekins are not the best brooders, should I wait and she what she does or take them in and artifically incubate?
    2. How many eggs do pekins usually lay before sitting? she had 9 last saturday, today (friday) she has 11. so 2 eggs in 6 days.
    3. Once she starts sitting, how long should she sit?
    4. Not sure how long the nest has been there since I just discovered 6 days ago with 9 eggs, could any of them be bad?
    5. It is still getting cool at night around 40 degrees, will this hurt them?
    Thanks for all of your help and any addtional advice!
  2. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2011
    I read they don't go broody so I would incubate them in a incubator.
  3. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    If she was going to go broody she would have been by now 11 eggs are more then enough. Pekins rarely go broody if your looking for a broody go for muscovys they are wonderful mothers otherwise if you want ducklings put them in the incubator!!
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Ditto above - anything I've read indicates if she were the broody type, you'd already see evidence of that.

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