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  1. Hi we have a possibly tricky situation... our broody chicken gave up sitting on her duck eggs quite late in incubation (not her fault-stupid redmite came to visit!) thankfully we managed to borrow an incubator and hatched 6 call ducklings. we were expecting our chicken to look after them so are now wondering when we should re introduce them to the flock? they are now about 2 weeks old our coop has 5 chickens and a pair of call ducks ( hence the fertile eggs) the tricky bit is that whilst I have been preoccupied indoors with our little ducklings our duck has gone broody and is sitting on 8 eggs! by the time the new litter(?) is due our first 6 will be 4 weeks old.... am I right to assume that at 4 weeks old the first 6 are too big to add to the new additions for our duck to take under her wing? if so how and when would be the best way of us re introducing the ducklings to the flock? many thanks and sorry for the mini essay! ( also if this ends up being a double post my apologies-having internet trouble!)
  2. Help is my ducky dead?

    thanks that's good to know. unfortunately little ducky didn't make it. hen is again broody but so far am not too sure if the last fertile egg has taken or not....when candled the dark bit moves to whichever end is top....would that be the yolk of an unfertile egg or could it be a chick just moving with gravity? I have a funny feeling from last time that the line stayed still when the egg was moved??
  3. thanks, unfortunately although kept warm and snug it still has not changed so after nearly 6 hours I'm guessing the poor little might is a gonner am now going to try and turf our broody hen off her empty nest, she really didn't have much luck, but at least one hatched even though it wasn't strong enough to make it..... thanks everyone for all your advice and support
  4. hi, Sorry to be really brief but my duckling obviously hatched either this morning or during the night, it was under our broody hen and I didn't know it had hatched until about 15 mins ago I heard a comotiona dn found it on the floor not moving but away from the nest. I tried to keep it warm have wrapped it in wet warm kitchen paper and put in warming up incubator but have no idea if it will live! is there anything I can do???? I don't think it was breathing and certainly didn't make a sound but it's eye did seem to open a little....I was shaking so much I just don't know and the incubator is borrowed and not easy to see through help please thanks
  5. hi, Sorry to be really brief but my duckling obviously hatched either this morning or during the night, it was under our broody hen and I didn't know it had hatched until about 15 mins ago I heard a comotiona dn found it on the floor not moving but away from the nest. I tried to keep it warm have wrapped it in wet warm kitchen paper and put in warming up incubator but have no idea if it will live! is there anything I can do???? I don't think it was breathing and certainly didn't make a sound but it's eye did seem to open a little....I was shaking so much I just don't know and the incubator is borrowed and not easy to see through help please thanks
  6. thanks it's still alive today and our broody didn't leave it for very long at all so I'm taking that as a good sign....... did you mean that yes you can see movement before internal pipping?
  7. Whilst she was off the nest yesterday I candled the last egg and saw the duckling moving inside would I be able to see movement before internal pipping or is that only possible once it's pipped internally? if it has pipped I think it may have done so a day or two early, is there any chance that the hot weather would affect hatching time? I will see if she leaves the nest today and have another look/listen.....
  8. hi, thanks (I thought I posted a reply but it seems to have vanished-perhaps I pressed the wrong button!) she is behaving very oddly today, been off the nest lost then returned and kicked out the live egg and sat on an empty nest, she is now back inher area and i'll check if she's sitting or not in a moment. how long can I leave the egg before taking it into the incubator before it dies? but without taking it too early if she's wanting to hatch it?is there a specific time scale?? as we are now down to our last egg I am a extra concerned for it's and our broodys welfare.
  9. thanks, so even though one didn't make it out doesn't mean another can't and mummy hen will act on instinct and I don't try to remove the egg to an incubator for hatching is that right? wow this whole hatching thing is a real lesson in patience isn't it! I don't think I've slept this badly for ages! poor little mama hen is gonna be even sadder than me if she's sat this long with no baby...
  10. Hi well I just got back from being out a few hours and went out to check on our broody- she had kicked the egg due today or tomorrow out of the nest and it was cold, I candled it and it looks as if it may have been trying to pip internally.... I than decided I should see what was happening with the one that pipped internally a few days ago and managed to get it from under her only to find the poor thing had obviously died in it's attempt to hatch, it had started to pip and had a hole but nothing more and the feathers internally were obviously very dry so I put both eggs within the broodys reach left her for half an hour and on returning she has taken back the one she kicked out earlier and left the poor little part pipped one.... my questions are... 1 is there any chance that she just kicked out the wrong egg? 2 if so is there any chance of the cold rejected egg surviving after all? 3 should I try and get to her eggs again later today to see if that one has warmed up and moving or do I just leave her 24hours and have another look or not look at all? 4 if it has survived should I try and help it out after a certain amount of time so it doesn't die like the first?( they are call ducks and I know they can be tough for the little ducklings to get out.) 5. if my broody stays sitting should I keep a closer check on the egg due Friday or remove to the incubator or just check on the days I think it should pip both internally and externally in case it needs help? sorry for yet another essay in queries, was so sad to find our little one didn't make it out ok, I wish I had managed to move our broody earlier so I could have helped hoping this kind of makes sense. many thanks
  11. Hi, I'm having a bit of a panic now because I know one pipped internally on Wednesday but still no sign and broody won't let me anywhere near ( she is in the tightest corner possible) do you think we've lost our first little one? the second may be due any day now they were put in 3 days apart, would the broody just sit on the chick if it hatched already to keep it warm and I can't see it?? thanks
  12. Aw wow that sounds so cute. at the moment our hens roosting area is where the hen is sitting and off the run which both ducks and chicken share, we have 8 chicken and a pair of call ducks, do we need to keep the hen and duckling separate for the 6 weeks or will she protect them from the other poultry? she also (mama hen) hasn't eaten or drunk today as far as I can tell and is looking a bit more fidgety....is that a good sign? should I put food right where she doesn't need to move? at the moment it's only about 8 inches away from her and she has a mesh door separating her from the rest of the hens and ducks. if the ducklings get stuck will she help them hatch? this is her first time broody and she is only just under a year old... sorry knew I'd have more questions thanks for your patience
  13. oh my word the little beasties, will have to make sure we keep them apart, will our drake be bothered if the ducklings are male? Also when separated should we keep their surrogate chicken mum with them too do you think? our hen has not left her nest all day apart from to venture about 8 inches to some food and water I left for her, I have now segregated the rest of the hens and ducks from her ( much to their annoyance as they can't get completely inside now) but I have made sure they have nesting boxes, shelter and perches etc where they are outside in their pen. does it sound like she may be about to hatch do you think? and if so as her nest is so difficult to get to should I just wait and see if she waits around for the others to hatch before removing them to the incubator? sorry for so many questions, I'm sure i'll keep thinking of more too, just as I think I'm beginning to understand them I realise how much there is still to learn! many thanks
  14. Hi yes I have candles all 3 and they were all with the air sack etc. not sure if the one that got left out has died though as it was out of the nest for at least a few hours, having said that it was still warm when I put it back.... we already have a pair of ducklings so with any luck they might take on the little ones-they are the parents after all?
  15. thank you that makes sense, can I use an incubator for the last egg if she gives up after the first or second is hatched? if so do you think she'd then accept it as hers if reintroduced?

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