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fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Broody hen and duck eggs
« on: May 06, 2010, 07:33:28 pm »
I have 4 ducks and a drake - Aylesburys - which are laying.  this morning I found one of my hens has gone broody...So - can I put the duck eggs under her and hatch them?  I'm sure life is not this easy!

Hermit

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 09:24:28 pm »
Yes , some people actually prefer a hen broody to a duck mother. They are better mothers as they let chicks eat first etc. Watch the mother panic when the ducklings go to water  :) Dont overload the hen though she will need to cover them all well as extra heat and moisture she will have to provide.

jameslindsay

  • Joined Feb 2009
  • Nr St Andrews, Fife
  • "Blossom" one of my Pygmy Goats
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 10:21:28 pm »
Many people I know say that hens make far better mothers than ducks.

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010, 10:29:52 pm »
Yup, I've done it twice.  Mummy hen is very caring, and goes absolutely spare if the 'chick' goes anywhere near water!  So I kept mine away from the duck pond till they were a good few weeks old.
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fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2010, 11:22:44 pm »
So how long does the hen sit on the eggs and is it difficult to get her off to eat and drink?

sheila

  • Joined Apr 2008
  • Mablethorpe Lincolnshire
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2010, 10:32:22 am »
Iv'e got two duck eggs under a hen which are due to hatch any time now. How long can a duckling go before it has to be introduced to water?

jameslindsay

  • Joined Feb 2009
  • Nr St Andrews, Fife
  • "Blossom" one of my Pygmy Goats
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2010, 10:39:19 am »
I read somewhere that says ducklings should not swim before 9/12 weeks or until they have their feathers. I let any I hatch swim after 24 hours and have never had a problem. So, if you believe that you have a fair amount of time before you have to worry.

Hermit

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Broody hen and duck eggs
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010, 01:40:40 pm »
I let mine have access to a little pool when I know they are fit and healthy. Wild ducks and the geese take theirs straight to water. I think the age 9/12 weeks may be indoor ducklings that dont dry off as quick as outdoor ones. As long as they can get their bills into a water source to preen and keep their nostrils clean, each to his own.

 

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