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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duck boy, May 13, 2010.

  1. duck boy

    duck boy In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2009
    both of my females are laying on eggs right know and they should hatch any day now but on of the females keeps ripping up the eggs with the babies inside almost fully developed and i have no idea why and i need to kno how to soolve it to save the babies.

    Thank you
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009

    The eggs could be dead, or she could be a bad mommy. Do you have an incubator? Know someone who does? You could steal those eggs and put them in the incubator, or wait and try to sneak them under the other broody.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If she's a first time mother, she may be ripping the eggs open as they pip. You could take the eggs away and incubate them. Or you could darken the nest area so that she can't see. Something as simple as putting a cardboard box (with holes for air) over her. Hope you work this out. She may be thinking these peeping things in under her are "intruders."
  4. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Songster

    Aug 27, 2009
    Quote:I just had a hen do that to her entire nest. she is sitting on 2 eggs right now that I am sure are duds. She wasn't a first time mom and the babies the babies looked fine to me. I dunno what to tell you. Good Luck

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