In the Brooder
- Jun 18, 2013
I'm in a pickle with my Pekin. She has 17 eggs in her nest. She is crazy broody. Literally only gets off the best once a day MAYBE for 5 mins. She has been doing this consistently for two weeks. She started a nest around April 13. End of April she started taking this seriously and I don't think has laid any new eggs. I know a couple were busted and one day I watched her grab one and run out with it!! Leaving the 17. I KNOW at least two seem no good and are stinky. But I have no idea what stage these eggs should be at because it took her a while to figure this out. I tried candling with an led flashlight and am seeing different things, she wasn't gone long enough for me to really study them and when she saw me she pitched a fit! I WANT to take her off the nest and go through each egg and mark them and get rid of those stinky ones...but I know that will traumatize her. She is VEry serious about her Babies!!! Buy calculations they may be due anywhere from now to two weeks?? What do I do? I don't want 17 rotten eggs to keep sitting if she has no babies but I don't want to goof and toss out a viable duckling after all this work she is putting in. Any duck hatching experts around?? Your help, references, advice is GREATLY appreciated.