What a mess!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cracking up, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

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    I think I could be the poster girl for not letting your birds do whatever they want. My goose was broody for a long time so I ordered her a pair of goslings (she's a lone goose so her eggs weren't going to hatch).

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    Meanwhile a couple of ducks went broody together and shared a nest next to her.

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    By the time the goslings got here she wasn't broody anymore so we've been slowly trying to get her to accept them. So one day we see a little duck running around by itself. Apparently everyone wanted to be broody but no one wanted to be Mom.
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    We have another broody duck and when I checked on her today I was so excited to see a little yellow fluff - and two black fluffs.
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    We don't have black ducks and when I looked closer she had hatched out Three Chickens! I don't want her to drown them and I'm wondering if I can sneak them away and put in the three day old duckling?
     
  2. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

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    Will the 3 gosling/ducklings accept her as Mom?
     
  3. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

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    I'm thinking of trying to get the goose to take the goslings and the duck to take the ducklings???
     
  4. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

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    Good luck, I will be watching to see how this turns out! I've never had any luck sneaking eggs or babies under broodies.
     
  5. Wow. *smacks self on head* That is sure 'nuff a tangle. I wouldn't know what to tell you. Hopefully, Mother Nature will sort things out.
     
  6. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

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    I could have sworn the duck was on duck eggs. The nine that haven't hatched might be. Boy I'm feeling dumb. If I give her the little duck and she accepts it she'll quit sitting - maybe I can give her extra eggs to Lucy and Ethel to hatch - maybe they'll even decide to raise them. I don't think I can leave her with the chicks tonight. It might be too late to smarten up.
     
  7. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

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    Well you guys were right. The little duck wouldn't stay with the mom, but I did sneak her chicks away. That needed to be done anyway. Now she's sitting on what I think are duck eggs. We'll know in a week. Little geese, duck, and chicks are all in the brooder - seem to be happy.

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  8. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chirping

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    Although complicated, this story is adorable. So many babies and Mamas!! You will sure have your hands full [​IMG]
     
  9. crj

    crj Songster

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    Very interesting to see what happens. [​IMG]
     
  10. X2Farm

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    Too cute!! Quite the cluster of Mama's and bebbies!!! [​IMG] just adorable!!!!![​IMG]
     

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