should i rescue newborn ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duey thompson, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. duey thompson

    duey thompson Out Of The Brooder

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    my duck is sitting eight eggs. she is in a coop with the drake and two chickens. one of the chickens sits the eggs when the duck takes a break. if these eggs hatch, should i take the ducklings out of there? I have heard the drake might harm them and the chickens scare me to. also, should i candle them or just let nature take its course. any suggestions would be appreciated. dewdrop p.s. i do not have an incubator.
     
  2. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you separate the drake? If not, you can set up a brooder and take the ducklings after they hatch.
     
  3. duey thompson

    duey thompson Out Of The Brooder

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    yes, I can separate the Drake, do I do that now, before the eggs hatch? And what about the chickens?
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If it's fuzzy and peeps the chickens will think it is a chick. As long as long as duck and the chicken don't fight over the babies, they will be fine. If there are issues, give a few to the duck and a few to the chicken in separate pens.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  5. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd do it before hand so he doesn't give the hatching nest any trouble. I always have to seperate my drake, I don't take any chances anymore. It'll give you space to see how the duck and chook situation pants out
     

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