Will a chicken reject ducklings that she hatched?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OreoPlymothRock, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, we have a broody bantam hen that is sitting on 6 duck eggs. She has been sitting on them for about a week and all the eggs have veins and little babies in them. When the ducklings hatch, will the hen accept them. Because last time we tried it, the hen killed one of the ducklings:[​IMG]

    And it was hatching under her, and she KILLED it!

    Will this year be any different? Will she accept them as her own?

    Thanks.






    These are last years ducklings :)
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    Boston (Left) And Daisy (Right)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Most hens will readily brood, hatch and raise ducklings. If this is the same hen that killed the duckling last year, I would not trust her.
     
  3. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is the same hen.
     

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