Update!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CRH1223, May 22, 2011.

  1. CRH1223

    CRH1223 Out Of The Brooder

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    So last week I discovered that my ducks have made a nest and laid 6 eggs. A week later the female still sits on the eggs and only gets up when I open up there pen and let the roam and and change there swimming water. She swims for a bit then goes right back to the nest. She is louder then ever. My biggest fear is that she will abandon the eggs. [​IMG]
     
  2. DuckyMom

    DuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is she?

    Emily
     
  3. CRH1223

    CRH1223 Out Of The Brooder

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    Pekin
     
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Wow, isn't it pretty uncommon for Pekins to go broody?
     
  5. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck, hopefully she stays on those eggs. Mine is on a nest of 15 eggs right now--about 11 are growing. It is so exciting! Mine is a Magpie with either a magpie dad and/or a mallard dad. Can't wait to see what hatches. Keep us updated on yours.
     
  6. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is this true? Are Pekins not the broody kind?
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    The usually aren't but sometimes you will get a duck that gets all maternal. There have been khaki camp bells and even runners that have gone broody even though neither breed is known for brooding ability. I even had a runner successfully raise a clutch of 12!
     
  8. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, have a Saxony that went broody and has sat through a full 30 days on eggs that didn't make it, only to steal my Pekin hens eggs, which she has been on for about 3 weeks. That's a long time for a bird that's not supposed to be maternal! So there are always exceptions to the rule!

    My girl comes off the nest a time or two throughout the day, swims for a few, forages, makes a horrendously loud, joyous quack the whole time and then goes back to her nest. And I have NO doubt she will go back every time. So I think your hen sounds like she's doing about the same thing.

    Stay positive, sounds like she's doing her job!
     
  9. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know when a Pekin is broody for real? [​IMG]

    I have 4 Pekin ducks, 2 females... all the same age. The smaller of the two has made a nest, sits it off and on. I thought she was going to actually sit it and try to hatch them because she sat on it for several hours on Saturday and Sunday....she even hissed [​IMG] at me when I went to gather the new egg up from the nest. I thought she had left it already..... NOPE...I was wrong! [​IMG]

    I am not looking to let her hatch them out, but if I want to keep Pekins around I will need some hatched at some point. It would be nice to know if she might be a good candidate to make me some babies in the future [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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