Should I take some of her eggs away? (Broody Muscovie)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lowcountrypoultry, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    My small hen around 5 pounds has 20! eggs under her, should I take some out and put them in another broody nest that has only around 5?

    Thanks!
     
  2. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    if they are on the same day of incubation that would be very smart... just watch the surrogent hen on hatching day to make sure she doesnt try to kill the ones that arent hers... but that isnt very likely
     
  3. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Yes I would take some away and give to the other.
    Chris
     
  4. batorcrazzy

    batorcrazzy Out Of The Brooder

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    take some away but only put some in the other nest if they are going to hatch about the same time because if some will hatch and the hen will leave the nest to soon
     
  5. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wish I would have known this two days ago..lol

    She has went on FULL BROODY! She won't let me anywhere near her 20 eggs.

    I think she can handle them, she is covering them all and they will act as warmers for each other [​IMG]

    Lots of baby duckies in about 33 days [​IMG]
     
  6. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Ours has had 12 as a max hatch. Have you ever had more to hatch?
     
  7. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    just get some thick leather gove and a partner with a broom and pull her off and lock her in a crate and take some of the eggs.. 20 is too much for one hen and even though she is covering them all they wont all recieve the same amount of heat and the hatch will be poor... dont be afraid of a broody duck, i know they can be intimidating but ur stronger
     
  8. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    So do I put them in the incubator after that?

    Shes already incubated them for 3 days.. and the other female is still laying her clutch.

    How many should I take? 5?
     
  9. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I would leave her alone. You would not want her taking your embrios! Broody ducks are unpredictable; she may get mad and stomp the rest and start over.
     
  10. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember years ago Dad telling me to come check out his latest hatch. His Muscovy hen had sat on a large amount of eggs. He never counted them because he just never bothers a setting hen unless he wants to totally break up the nest. Well, this proud Mama hen of his had 21 little yellow ducklings running after her. So cute! He is so excited that one of his new hens is setting. I have no clue how many and won't until they hatch.

    Just wanted to add that our average is usually around 15 ducklings for a hatch around here. Has been a couple of years. Now we have a new flock so it should be that again.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2009

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