Will a duck raise chicks if I slip some eggs in her nest?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smartie_Pants, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    (I wasn't sure if I should put this in "other fowl", "hatching", "raising babies" or what so please excuse me if this is the wrong place.)

    I have a duck who is laying every day in a nest she made by the gazebo. I can tell she is wanting to set. She stands by the nest and chases away cats and stuff when they get close and she is always trying to set on her nest without interuption. The thing is, there is only 1 egg in her nest because we take them up. I don't really need a bunch of ducks, but if I put two or three chicken eggs in there do you think she would set? Would she take care of them once they hatched or run them off? She is a few years old and has had many clutches before.

    I know with it getting into the cold weather and her not setting reguarly there is a high chance the egg won't hatch, but if she's going to go through all that trouble I would like to get some babies from it if at all possible.
  2. DulcyDoll

    DulcyDoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    I guess it is possible..but remember to remove the chicks before she trys to make them go swimming [​IMG]
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Quote:LOL! I think I'll try it. Even if she doesn't take care of them, it won't be very hard to care for 2-3 chicks.
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Yeah, I agree!
  5. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Yes, they will. I have a freind that when he was little would switch the chicken and duck eggs just for fun. The duck would go into the water and the chicks would have a fit they couldn't follow, or the ducklings would go into the water and the mother hen would stand on the edge having a fit. You can do it, but its mean.
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    It is so funny. I'm doing the reverse right now. My chicken is setting on duck eggs. My only worry is the swimming thing. I was told it would be just fine... couldn't hurt to try it!
  7. frizzylizzy

    frizzylizzy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 26, 2007
    I had a chicken hatch 3 duck eggs a few years ago and she didn't recognize them as her babies. She just left them, so I raised them.

  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    She will hatch them, bad idea for her to brood them. She will take them into the water.

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