Nervous new Duckie Mom-Question

neverbdone

Songster
11 Years
Dec 9, 2008
302
10
131
Lake Isabella, CA
My first Muscovy baby hatched this morning (not) from under mom. Is it normal they kick the egg out from under them when they hatch? Also, she got out to eat and when she went in she steped on top of his head.
He seems fine, but just sleeping. Should I leave everything alone, worry, or is there need to remove this baby? Please advise ducky gurus.
 

ChickenToes

Songster
11 Years
May 14, 2008
2,141
7
191
NE Wisconsin
If you're worried about it, take the ducklings away and put them in a brooder. Last year my Mallard hatched out ducklings and they all died - she didn't show them how to eat or drink. So I'm a bit paranoid, but better safe than sorry.
 

JoshSnape

Songster
10 Years
Oct 15, 2009
154
0
109
Cambrigeshire East of England
Give her time, my khaki campbell, hatched 19, 2 died, 1 straight after birth, another from being squished, but aslong as they have enough space and time, it will be ok, but have the brooder on the ready.
 

neverbdone

Songster
11 Years
Dec 9, 2008
302
10
131
Lake Isabella, CA
I heard that Muscovys were great moms, but too late for the first one. I went to a meeting and then returned to find she pushed him out of the duck house and he was laying on the ground in the run gone. Bummmmmmbed. Can't stay up all night to see when the others hatch to remove them. If she continues this I will snatch any that hatch as soon as I can, but she is really nasty right now. Trying to leave her alone as much as I can.
 

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