Our duck has been broody with two eggs for at least a couple of weeks now, and will probably be hatching soon unless they aren't fertile (we haven't candled them, as she's barely been off her nest, and when she does come off she senses when we're near her house and comes running back over).
About a month ago, we got baby ducklings and raised them ourselves (without a momma duck), so we now have some experience with raising ducklings... but I'm not entirely sure how to go about assisting a momma duck with her babies. Do we provide the ducklings with their own feed, or does momma feed them somehow? I would like to do as little interfering as possible and let her raise them, but provide as much help and support as they need.
Any advice would be very much appreciated. Do any of y'all have experience with this?
I don't have much advice but I could say that Indian Runners are fair to poor in mothering skills I considered Getting Indian runners for my garden because they are fast to eating bugs. Nice Ducks though
they will eat on their own,.. momma doesn't feed em,...tho she may show them "how".. I've found crumble feed seems a bit better for babies,..and lotsa water!! keep things tidy and let mother duck and mother nature do their thing.
Hey folks, I'm resurrecting this thread because I've got the same thing going on -- Indian runner brooding over 12 eggs. She seems determined. What is likely to happen if I just let things go? Will they make it? There are 3 males in with her and 4 other females. Will they harm the ducklings? I'm very inclined to try, even though most people would recommend taking them and hatching them in an incubator.
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im in a similar position as Matt. Ive got 2 ducks taking turns to sit on 12 eggs. Tonight one has started hatching. In the very large duck house (i can stand up in it and its about 16 feet by 8 feet) also live 2 other females and 2 males (so six in total). Do I have to seperate the mummies and their babies from the other ducks? The other ducks free range during the day and stay in the house at night. Thank you. Im very new to this. Going to go out now and see if there has been any progress. Just a hole in one egg at the moment with the little guy chirping and wriggling inside