Disaster with duck hatching

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Disaster with duck hatching

Postby teach » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:54 am

Well the Indian runner ducklings from my previous posts started hatching yesterday. I could see one under mum yesterday. I got up this morning to find 3 pukekos attacking her. Mum had one duckling. Only 2 eggs left. they were cold. I chucked them in the incubator at 6.30 and by 7:30 they were starting to chip away at the shells. If they pop out today, do you think I will be able to sneak them under mum or will I have to hand rear them?
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby seatil » Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:31 am

I've had success grafting ducklings onto a duck (wish I could say the same about grafting ducklings onto Super Broody hen, but that's another story). I penned my duck mum up in a broody hen run, which made sure the ducklings could find her and didn't have to spend all day chasing her around a paddock.
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby Kracka » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:45 pm

if they hatch out bouncy and full of life, I'd give it a go - but definitely fence them into a defined area

glad I don't have pukeko's here...
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby teach » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:12 pm

I am not sure how they will go. One is up and crashing around in the incubator. So he might be alright tomorrow. The other one may just drift away I think. I am not averse to handrearing. School holidays start tomorrow so time is not an issue.
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby teach » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:11 pm

All was not lost.
Here are the two eggs that were damaged by the pukekos. They were left to hatch on a soaking wet tea towel.
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The one on the right had a lot of yolk to absorb even though it has moved around a lot. The one on the left was on its feet and moving around. The next day I placed it with its mum. Sadly the pukekos came back and took it.
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The weaker one was left for another day. I put him with Mum. Unfortunately he got a bit cold so I took him back in overnight and gave it a feed of egg yolk and a drink. Photo shows him getting the water down.
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He went out the next day. Again, mum had no trouble accepting him. This is three days later.

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I have been amazed just how easily momma duck accepted new ducklings. I just placed newbies with the older sibling and she was calling to them immediately.
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby Marina » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:07 pm

That's almost a miracle that the little one survived. I hope it will continue to thrive - without Pukeko interaction.
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby teach » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:08 am

I have put a dog kennel in the run with them. A place to hide in and easier to defend. I read a lot about how ducks are terrible mums, but my one tried her best and has been no trouble accepting ducklings.
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Re: Disaster with duck hatching

Postby Dean » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:53 pm

teach wrote:I have put a dog kennel in the run with them. A place to hide in and easier to defend. I read a lot about how ducks are terrible mums, but my one tried her best and has been no trouble accepting ducklings.

Interesting, thanks for sharing.
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