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Ancona Duck Hatching Eggs
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Ancona Duck Eggs Incubated by Broody Chickens
and a Broody Goose!

Yes, a chicken can incubate duck eggs.

Bantam Hen Successfully Hatches Duck Eggs

You can see an unhatched green Ancona duck egg under the hen. Four ducklings hatched. Duck eggs take 4 weeks to incubate. Chicken eggs take 3 weeks to incubate.

These ducklings are 1 day old. They are happy with their chicken mom.

"I candled today. Two look really good, one iffy. I am so happy! I really wanted a house duck for a pet. I already have the diapers. I have 2 females and 1 male outside, but weather is too cold for fertile eggs. I love the Ancona ducks, so friendly, and hope to have more. They lay even in the cold." -Jeanette, Park River, North Dakota

2-Day-Old Duckling with Hen

There are more ducklings under this broody hen. She is a good mother.

It is funny to watch a hen when she sees her "chicks" going in water to swim. She must think they have lost their minds.

Broody Hen with Duck Eggs

A nice video of Ancona duck eggs being put under a broody hen from Kristi in Bluffdale, Utah. Her hen is a Silver Lace Wyandotte. At first the hen does not want to be disturbed, then she sweetly tucks the eggs under her. The video is 2 minutes, 46 seconds. The end is the best.

Broody Hen with Duckling

The photo with the duckling under a mamma hen is from Cynthia at Elderflower Farm in Talent, Oregon. Yes, chickens can hatch duck eggs!

Dominique Hen with Her Flock of Ducklings

Quicktime Movie: Dominique hen with ducklings. It is 2 seconds long. She hatched these eggs! She may be confused by how they look. The movie is from Valerie in San Mateo, California.

Ancona Duckling in Nest

5-Day-Old Ducklings

This photo is from Allison in Citrus Heights, California. She said: "They are perfect."

Betsey the Goose Hatches 12 Ducklings

"Oh I do hope my goose has good luck hatching. We've been without baby waterfowl for 5 years now and really miss it. She's been setting every year faithfully since she started laying but I've always tossed her eggs at 4 weeks which upsets her, as you can imagine. And she usually tries for a second clutch too, so have to repeat the trauma. So glad we can give this a try so she can have a chance to be a mom as her instincts are urging her to be." -Shelley, Gordonsville, Virginia

"Just thought I'd send you a picture of the BetseyBator (Betsey the goose). I swapped her 7 eggs for the 17. The nest box has a plywood top that also serves to block the front. So I eased it off the top and into blocking position, then lifted her out and set her at my feet where she proceeded to chew on my shoe while I swapped eggs. As soon as she saw the board open up, she hopped right back and sat back down. Hopefully, she's as committed as she looks. It's all up to her now......."

"The Betseybator worked!!! She's got twelve little miracles! Not bad for a first timer who was given too many eggs. The fertility rate was outstanding, but I overestimated her nesting size. About 10 days ago, she looked as if she had goo on her bill so I pulled her off the nest to investigate and discovered one egg on top of the rest and several eggs that looked gooey too. The count was now only 15. She must have broken one or two and was trying to clean up. I gently washed the goo from the eggs and quickly got her back on them before the whole batch cooled too much."

"Yesterday evening when she finally came off her nest, she had 11 lively dry babies. But there was a terrible odor coming from the nest. She argued with me, but I insisted on finding the source. Sadly, 3 appeared to have been crushed, one perhaps a day or two prior. But there was one more who, although completely dry, was still trapped in the shell. It had good air and was sill strong enough to be screaming for mom. So I carefully helped pop it loose. No bleeding from the navel! But all dry and matted. I decided they were probably not yet needing food and water so quickly ushered the rest of the family back in with the straggler so they could help fluff it up and stimulate it."

"She is a new mom, and like her mom, is insisting on getting them out of their night stall, rain or shine. So not sure how well she's gonna do keeping them alive. But she is keeping them moving which always seemed to work for her mom. Her sister Bonne has no interest in them whatsoever beyond a brief curiosity about the new yard mates. I had hoped she would be a helpful aunt as a couple of Shetland geese I once had were, but that's not going to happen here. But disinterest is waaaay better than agression, so I'm happy. Thanks for a great fertile batch of eggs in a variety of colors!!!!"


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