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Thu 26-Jan-12
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Hattie
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I have sometimes let my broody hens hatch ducklings for friends but although they would happily do this they never seemed to want to rear them. I used to hand over the little ones after a day or two. I don't think the hens liked the look of them; they would walk away from them, and in one case the broody attacked them. That is just my experience; I know other people who have successfully reared ducks with hen foster-mothers.

 

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Thu 26-Jan-12
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My ducks were a week old when they joined our family and I kept them separate until much bigger when they were too big for the water bowl. They progressed to a small paddling pool until the pond was dug. As they have their own house and feed bowls they integrated well with the chickens eventually but I don't think I would have risked it when they were little. I am really looking forward to more ducklings

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waveSecret to raising ducks is not to let them get wet .Brooding by a duck will waterproof them but artificially they get waterlogged , but they must have water to get their nostrils and eyes in , put stones in the drinker so they can get head but not body in .Water will need frequent changes as they will dunk their food in it  . Also not too high a protein crumb or you will get dropped wings .

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Crikey, the things I learn about on this site.  Who would have thought about ducklings getting their water-proofing from their parent?  Dropped wings - find out about it here.

Seth you are an amazing man and I salute you.

I'll try that again!

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I've just come across a problem P&T won't send eggs to Latvia and they don't have any anyway. One of the problems is they could take too long to arrive and sometimes they get scanned by x-ray which presumably doesn't do them any good. roll_eyes Now I have to try and work out where to get the eggs from as I want a meat/egg breed rather than the ex-battery types they have here or the heinz 57 varieties

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 waveForgot to say an electric hen brooder is better than infrared as they shake their wet heads and hot bulbs go pop steam

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We had one of our ducks lay eggs and hatch them in the neighbours garden unknown to us (across the river from us- it was one of three we had let loose on the river)  - anyway the neighbour brought all the ducklings round to us with the mother . We ended up with 9 I think. We put them in the greenhouse (4 by 6ft) with an infrared light and initially a small dish of water. As they got bigger it became obvious that one of the buff orpington ducks had laid an egg in the nest as well- it started to out grow the mother (silver call duck- about 2/3rds size of Mallard)

Eventually built a temporary shallow pond with blue tarpaulin and a wood sided frame-  and a step for the ducklings to get up- it was very funny watching the new ducklings doing what I term as "underwater flying" they would dive under and propel themselves along like they were flying. The Buff Orpington had to be removed and handed back as it started to peck the smaller ones. They all grew to be a good size and were re-homed with families I knew that wanted one. This was later in the year- March time I think.

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Fri 27-Jan-12
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Gosh, what fun to be had when owning ducks, underwater flying sounds marvellous. The mental image of ducks climbing steps to their own swimming pool is super, thanks Martin.

I'll try that again!

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Didn't known there were Buff Orpington ducks, you have me interested given my chickens are Buffs. I love watching the ducks they are a delight.

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Just googled Buff Orpington ducks and they are gorgeous, I so want some! The would go well with my chickens! I do like things to co ordinate you know!

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seth said:

 waveForgot to say an electric hen brooder is better than infrared as they shake their wet heads and hot bulbs go pop steam

Oh good because we were thinking of getting a package and it included a hen brooder

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Yes Buff Orpingtons are big ducks- what my near neighbour did not know was one of our drakes had worked out a strategy for mating with his Buff's- he would wait until about half a dozen were in the shallows of the river and dabbling, then rush towards them as fast as he could go and inevitably managed to catch one- it was the funniest sight- a tiny call duck sitting on the back of a large Buff Orpinton, sailing merrily down the river. There were some very interesting offspring - some were just smaller Buff Orpintons, and some were larger call ducks, and others in between- he never twigged that our drake was responsible and I never enlightened him!smile

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Who said ducks are daft?!
My incubator has arrived and looks very smart. Will take it round to my friend later and am looking forward to using it with my eggs.

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Tue 31-Jan-12
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Aly said

My incubator has arrived and looks very smart. Will take it round to my friend later and am looking forward to using it with my eggs.

Run it empty for at least 24 hrs first to ensure everything is as it should be .Used to run mine for a week whilst fumigating & disinfecting .wave

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Many thanks, will pass that on

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