This is normal right?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CrazyCrttr75, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. CrazyCrttr75

    CrazyCrttr75 Free Ranging

    Apr 21, 2018
    Robertson County, TN
    Well, shoot. Hubby and I just went and got her some food and bowl of water and we put it right next to her. She was able to reach her neck out and she took a few sips of water and a couple nibbles of food. So maybe that she has at least been enticed to eat and drink a bit, maybe if we move it over towards the wall a bit more she will get up on her own to go eat and drink. I'm just trying to make things as comfortable and conducive for her to sit and do her thing. We closed the door that separates their sleeping quarters and the porch area (where she is nesting). The front ramp folds up and has a latch on each side to lock it in place so she will be safe in there.
    We going to see about getting the other 2 to go in at night and come out in the morning out the back of the coop. That way we can hopefully keep Xena from trying to lay her egg in the nest with Annabelle. We also moved the big bowl that we keep their food in. I don't know if it will stay this way or not. Maybe we'll keep it this way or maybe we'll move stuff back. Idk. We'll see how it goes. :idunno
  2. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Right, sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got. But I agree, she does need to get up occasionally. I never pull one off the nest, unless I’m trying to remove extra eggs. But I’ve only had to do that with chickens, not ducks. I mark the main eggs with black sharpie on the air cell end (easier to look in the same spot on every egg). Usually once they get the clutch they want, they stop letting others add to it, if they can.
    And even if you don’t see her get up, just look around for a new big stinky pile of poop! They don’t normally stay off the nest very long, but my weather is hot now and I have 3 ducks sitting and they have been staying off for close to an hour in the evenings. That’s usually when I check the eggs.

    Good luck! There’s nothing cuter than a momma duck raising ducklings. :fl

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