would the drake attack the duckling after they hatch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by leo3323, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. leo3323

    leo3323 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2009
    ok my duck has started sitting on her 6 eggs for her first time weeks past and lately Ive noticed that the drake started sleeping close to her nest now he sleeps rite next to her when shes sitting time by time when she gets off the eggs for her break i check on the eggs and the drake always chases and pecks me when im over their is he protecting them ? either ways he always attacks me when i go out side and im curious because they are already hatching and making little noise in side the eggs when the ducklings hatch will the drake attack them?

    And how long does it take for the ducklings to get out of the eggs after making a little crack?
  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    The first time my muscoveys hatched the male killed two of them. I am not sure if this is normal or not but now I seperate them before the hatch. If you have cracks on eggs they should be hatching soon. I have found with mine it was not long at all between crack and hatch maybe 1/2 hour max.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Absolutely normal. Drakes don't like the competition.

    You should separate the duck and her nest with a barrier.
  4. Webfoot

    Webfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central TX
    Drakes and ducklings don't mix. I once had a drake get through some pretty sturdy fence to kill some older ducklings, so now I make sure that the ducklings only go in the strongest pens.

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