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Broody runner ducks

Discussion in 'Poultry Chat' started by Caroline petrie, May 20, 2018.


  1. Caroline petrie

    Caroline petrie PetForums Newbie

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    I am looking for advice please. I have taken over the well being of 15 runner ducks. They have a large fishing pond to go into and they are a mixed lot. I think there are 9 females and the rest males. I had no intentions of breeding but I now have two broody females. One has been sitting for 12 days and the other for 4 days. Any advice on how to look after ducklings if when they hatch. Do I have to separate them from males? Do I just let mum look after them? Advice please. Don't want to go wrong as been told its rare to get one broody runner let alone two.
     
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    Caroline petrie PetForums Newbie

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    The headline is supposed to be Broody runner ducks lol
     
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    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    Changed title for you :)
     
  4. Caroline petrie

    Caroline petrie PetForums Newbie

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    The females should be fine with them - just buy some unmedicated chick crumb for them. Have they hatched yet? If you prefer you can take them away once hatched and keep them under heat for 6 weeks. When they turn 6 weeks old start them on growers. When they are 10 weeks old start to wean them off growers and onto barley until they are fully mature and you feed them layers.
    Do this help?
    James
    Upper Brook House Farm
     
  6. Caroline petrie

    Caroline petrie PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply it is very helpful. The first lot are due to hatch on Tuesday. I put up a divider at night to keep the broody ducks away from the rest and to get them used to it before they hatch. I now have another duck sitting and they seem to have changed places and are all on each others eggs! Will be interesting to see what happens when the first lot hatch. Have made the enclosure crow proof and they have their own small pond which I will leave up to mum to know when it's time to let them in. Will keep you posted as to the results
     
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