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I have 2 males ducks and 2 females. One of the females is laying eggs, but not sitting on them. I don't know which one. My question is that how do I make a duck get broody? I don't have an incubator and here the weather is 44 to 48. What can I do?
She will start sitting on them when she lays the last one.
She will sit on her own after the last egg of her clutch is laid. Don't interfer with the process or move the eggs--it will only confuse her and may make her not sit at all. But, they don't sit until after the last one is laid--sometimes its 2 weeks or more, depending on how many she is laying.
I believe she will start nesting when she decides she has the number of eggs to her liking. Please do not interfere or she may not nest and you will miss out on all those lovely little babies!
Do they sit on daytime or night
My duck laid 7 eggs and hasn't laid any in 2 nights but isn't sitting on them does this mean she's not done yet ? I'm just worried the duck eggs won't make it .
You should leave it alone unless it is in an unsafe place. The place should be safe from outside predators for Hazel and her egg.
If Hazel is a close pet, you might be able to add some "filler" for her nest - straw or something similar.
If this is an area where your duck feels at home, then best to leave it and create a nest around it.
Funny, I was recently talking to someone whose geese laid eggs in an unsafe place, and, one day of their own volition, the geese rolled the eggs to a place under the house!
Maybe if you create a better nesting place somewhere safe and somehow encourage her to rest there, she will move the egg on her own.
I bought a brown speckled female Mallard at an auction, and she has laid 12 eggs but does not sit on them all the time. Are they still good, and will she sit on them to hatch them, or should I take them out? There is a male mallard duck with her.
By Charolette A
Usually birds, all kinds, lay an egg a day or say every other day. But they don't usually sit or brood, till they have laid enough, 12 certainly seems like a large enough number. Questions come to mind 1. does she have privacy, somewhere other animals and humans won't disturb her. 2. Are male and female of same age 3. How often is a human checking on things? If they don't feel safe they won't always brood. 4. Was she raised by mother or incubated, sometimes they just don't know how. 5. Do you know how to candle an egg? If she is tame and used to you, discard eggs, see if she starts laying again. If she does take a marker and date eggs as she lays them. If she's pretty tame this shouldn't bother her. After marking date, you can candle the eggs to see if a chick is growing. If you decide to take current eggs from her, crack a few and see if they've actually been fertilized by the male. Have you seen him mount her? Best advice I have is to get a library book, to help with some of these questions.
I am new to duck raising.. I have a male & female Roan's "oversized mallards".. They are laying now but she does not sit on them!! I believe they are fertilized because I see the male mount every day when I clean & fill the pools.. She's had 2 so far today & yesterday..
My pekin duck has 6 eggs started last week can I candle them to see if there good? Or will that change the laying process? Not sure what to do here, but trying.
My duck disappeared about a month ago. I didn't know my duck had about 12 eggs. The father is still around, but idk if he sits on the eggs or what. What should I do with the eggs?
I am sure you don't have an incubator but you need a warm area to keep them. You could try a box with a light but I think you need to keep the temperature around 99 degrees and a bit humid.
We farm, and have chickens and ducks. The males only sit on them for very short periods of time to relieve the female while she eats.
It takes 28-35 days for an egg to hatch. You need to keep them in an incubator or they won't hatch.
It seems you are saying the eggs are at least one month old? If that is the case, since ducks only lay one egg per day, at least one of the eggs is 30 days + 12 days old (or more?).
I do not believe you will be able to hatch these but they may still be safe to eat and use in recipes.
Here is a site that has information about duck eggs:
Keep the eggs in an environment that is between 98 an 101 degrees, better too cold than too hot.
Rotate the eggs one half turn one to two times a day. Keep the eggs moist. This can be done by spraying them with a light mist every time you rotate them. When it come time for the eggs to hatch, you will see the beak of the ducklings poke through the shell, at this time be sure you do not assist the hatching process, they will come out on there own time.
After they have fully hatched, let the dry off in the box or incubator they are in. The duckling will not swim on there own but they need food and water. It is best to let them have access to water with lots of duck weed but still be able to walk back on shore if they want. Hope this helps and good luck!
We have 11 neighborhood ducks that everyone on our block takes care of, feeds, and looks out for. They have a large pond where they live, but they spend a majority of their time in my yard. A couple weeks ago I found 5-10 eggs around the pond, grouped together. This morning I went out to feed them, and found 2 eggs next to my porch. And none of the ducks are sitting on them. I am not sure what I should do with them? Any tips or suggestions are welcomed. Thank you in advance.
She has 8 eggs in her nest. I understand what you said about when she will start sitting. My question is when do the eggs start progressing? From day 1 or when she starts sitting full time?
I have a Mallard duck nesting in my mulch. She laid 11 eggs, but something went wrong with one of them part of the shell was missing, but the thin lining underneath was untouched. The momma got rid of that egg. She has not laid anymore for a week, but she also does not stay on the nest. She would come for an hour or so in morning then take off for hours then come back in afternoon then leave by about 6pm. Then yesterday I'm not sure if she showed up at all. She hasn't shown up today. I'm waiting to see if she shows up tomorrow. My question is shouldn't she be nesting on them already where she isn't gone most of the day or all day? Also if she doesn't return do I just call a wildlife center to come get them? How long should I wait before calling? I'm uncertain as to why she isn't sitting on nest most of the day and night? Thank you.
My magpie duck has laid 16 eggs one every day since January 1st, but she doesn't sit on them. She is only a year old. Will she sit or should I collect them?
I have ducks and they are laying eggs. They do not sit on them all the time just a small part of the day. Will the eggs still hatch?
By rick from Calhoun City, MS
I had ducks a few yrs back (peking ducks) and they didn't sit on them all the time either, and some of the eggs still hatched (guess the fertile ones). Good luck with them.
It is actually a requirement for waterfowl that the eggs' temperature be lowered for a short while each day if you were incubating them. Since she's doing her job instead, that is the time at which the mom would get off her nest to eat, drink, and (more importantly) swim. She brings back moisture in her feathers to the eggs to keep them from a) evaporating too quickly, and b) getting to hard-shelled. Be sure (as always) to provide adequate swimming water so that she can do her job.
Note - if they do hatch and you pick them up to raise them yourself, do not ever let them run short of water. If they do, reintroduce the water to them slowly - a sip or two then a break for a minute, then three sips etc. You'd be surprised how quickly they can spill their water as they play with it.
If you allow her to raise them, expect losses - it's part of nature. They usually have many babies to cover for the loss of a lot, and they're not as good at parenting as geese are.
Here's a website that you might find very helpful. (Ignore the music heheh.)
But they're adorable! So best of luck with them!
We leave near a water basen where are a lot of geese that had babies one duck that had 12 eggs she sat on them only left them as you said to walk to the water to cool off it has been over 105 here a lot as we went to check on her daily the eggs were cracked open not all at once till all 12 are gone now what happen would the geese have done that
Our duck had sat on 8 eggs and they were due to hatch this weekend. She has left them all and they are now cold. Why did she leave them? They have full size ducklings inside.
My mallard hen and Indian runner have mated. My hen has laid 30 eggs so far. When will she start sitting on them?
We have 1 male and 2 female ducks that we got from a friend. One of the females laid a nest of at least 15 eggs. She doesn't sit on the nest all the time, but she does every few hours.
A couple of days ago I found a duck nesting with one little duckie. Later some of the eggs hatched and I fed the ducks everyday. So there is the mom, the big duckie and the little duckies, but there's still 5 eggs in the nest. I'm worried did she abandon her eggs? Are they still gonna hatch and how is it possible that she has an older duckie and younger duckies?
A mallard laid two eggs in our flowerbed. The next day she sat under our bird feeder with the male, but did not lay an egg and today we haven't seen her at all. Is there a chance she will return or likely she has abandoned her nest? How long before I know if she is not returning? I was so excited about the prospective brood, now I'm so sad she didn't come back.
She won't return to sit until she is done laying, if it is fertilized. If it isn't, she may not return. So, just leave it alone for several days and watch.