Nesting duck help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jerseynew, May 3, 2017.

  1. jerseynew

    jerseynew Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!
    I was wondering if anyone could help. I have 9 ducks, 3 male and 6 lovely ladies 2 of which are nesting. One has been sensible and is in the coop hatching everyone's eggs, including a couple of chook eggs. The other has decided to nest across the road in a field where artichokes are grown - good taste! However I always lock chooks and ducks up at night due to dog attacks in the past. I would like to move Crazy Daisy from the field into the coop. I have read it's not advisable to move a nesting duck though. Does anyone have any ideas? TIA
     
  2. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Safety always trumps nesting! I wouldn't hesitate to move or disrupt entirely and then I'd take measures to make sure she can't do it again.

    On a different note, that's a lot of drakes for the number of hens you have. Maybe she was trying to find relief away from the males and that's why she chose a spot so far away?
     
  3. jerseynew

    jerseynew Out Of The Brooder

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    I know it's not the best ratio I originally got 4 ducklings. 3 turned out to be male with one female, an even worse ratio. Yes, I could have returned the males but I got them from a farm and having raised them from little could not return them knowing what their fate would b [​IMG] TBH. So I got her remain females. She would probably b better off in the coop as the pond is close and the males spend most of their time in the bigger pond and field behind it.
    Thx so much tho. I thought that would b the right thing to do [​IMG]
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

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    if you want her to keep setting take the nesting material as well, she may return or it may 'break' her

    also be careful with a duck sitting on chicken and duck eggs, once they start hatching she will probably get up after a couple days of hatching leaving the remaining eggs behind

    chickens take 21 days, ducks 28, so you may want to take some away or be ready with a back up incubator

    Good luck!!!
     
  5. jerseynew

    jerseynew Out Of The Brooder

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    I have moved her I hope successfully! I took whatever nesting material with her and the eggs. She did run a bit amok in the coop but I managed to guide her back to her nest. Fingers crossed!
    I have also managed to thrive the chook eggs and put them under my broody hen!
     
  6. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    great news! and good luck!!
     

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