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Trick them into Brooding??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bleenie, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Is it possible to 'trick' a duck hen into brooding? I have 3 more Scovy eggs today and have 3 in here. I was going to put them back in the coop to see if anyone would set but wasn't sure if it would work... anyone tried this?
  2. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    Ive heard of people putting out fake eggs to trick their ducks into brooding but not real eggs.

    I wonder if i put fake eggs out there if I cna trick my ducks into laying??? lol
  3. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] I was wondering the same thing. [​IMG]
  4. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2008
    Quote:No, there are domestic breeds that tend to go broody more than others but it is mostly hormonal instincts that cause broodiness.

  5. rlhbond

    rlhbond Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    Mocksville, NC
    I put fake eggs in my ducks' nests. I do it to get them to lay in the same place each day. They don't like it when I take their eggs and will find a new place to lay if I don't keep a few fake eggs in the nest. It hasn't caused them to become broody.

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    I have Buff ducks that free range and when I find a nest and leave it, they usually start setting after they get about 15 -20 eggs in the nest, so maybe if you put a bunch of eggs in the nest, they may start setting or leave the eggs and let them fill the nest themselves and they may set then.
  7. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

    Oct 22, 2009
    I wish there was a way to STOP ducks from being broody. Ming Mei has been broody for almost two weeks despite taking away all the eggs every day. The nest never got bigger than maybe 8-10 eggs when she got broody.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Aww, you should let her set on a couple and just set homes up ahead of time.
  9. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    we don't have any male ducks, so ming mei's attempts at brooding are futile. lol
  10. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008

    What I think Is hilarious is when My ducks have found a place they like to lay, I leave the egg in there for two - three days to make sure thats where they wanna set then I place more eggs under her. ANd then she just look so smug Like "Oh, I did that? Well Look at me!" Lol

    I have one duck who is an egg HOE! I mean I have to make sure she is nesting in one of the dog houses because is she starts nesting int he Box she takes everyone elses eggs and rolls them under her. At least she is a good mama though [​IMG]

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