Would a broody duck raise "adopt" a day-old duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dishrag, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. dishrag

    dishrag Chirping

    Apr 12, 2013
    Hi I have two adult females and looking to add a third. We really want a Welsh Harlequin (Swedish is another possibility), but it's hard to find a young adult for sale.

    So, if we order a day-old while one of our ducks is broody, will she help raise it?

    Also, is this a bad idea in general? I believe that we will need to separate the other adult away from the adoptive momma and duckling for a few weeks. Will this cause too much stress for the separated adult?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    You could try. Some of mine wil, some won't.

  3. DemonicFowl

    DemonicFowl Chirping

    Sep 4, 2014
    South Eastern Mass
    Not a bad idea. I would slip the chick under the broody duck at night so she would think she hatched it. Try not to disturb the broody to much when doing so. A simple butt lift'n'place might work. Stay a while to make sure things go ok. Or you could try in the day time seeing as she's already broody.

    Separation most likely will cause stress to the other duck depending on how strong their bond is. BUT might be needed. The other duck might get jealous and attack the chick or broody. On the other hand she might not depends on the duck.

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