To leave eggs in incubator or move to sitting duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Selkie35, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Selkie35

    Selkie35 Chirping

    Apr 17, 2019
    Orkney, Scotland
    Hi I'm new to the forum, and this is my first post other than the hello I'm here one :)

    I have a 1/2 dozen call ducks in the incubator, I set them away about 7 days ago (first candle today) and they look OK (I think - not totally brilliant at candling).

    I also now have a young duck sitting, who started sitting about 3 days ago. She's only a year old, so this is her first time. But her mother was a great sitter, hatching 4 lots of ducklings (17 one year - all drakes bar one!), so I'm thinking she might be taking after her mum, but I guess there are no guarantees. Also, the eggs she is sitting on are unfertilised, as my drake and the mother duck were killed by stoats just before Christmas - hence the eggs in the incubator to bring in the new. This young duck is the only call duck I have left, so I left her eggs to keep her occupied and her nest is in a safe place.

    My question is - should I carry on with incubator or should I put the eggs under her? What experience do others have?

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    She looks pretty serious maybe give it a go!and :welcome
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Definitely you can give them to her. I do it too. If she doesn't stay committed you can always move them back to the incubator. Best wishes..
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