Eggs Incubated by Broody Chickens
and a Broody Goose!
Yes, a chicken can incubate duck eggs.
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
Duckling with Hen
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.
Hen with Duck Eggs
A nice video
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.
Hen with Duckling
with the duckling under a mamma hen is from Cynthia at Elderflower Farm
in Talent, Oregon. Yes, chickens can hatch duck eggs!
Hen with Her Flock of Ducklings
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
is from Allison in Citrus Heights, California. She said: "They are perfect."
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!!!!"