To leave eggs in incubator or move to sitting duck?

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

  1. Selkie35

    Selkie35 Chirping

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    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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