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Old 05-05-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Just Ducky........

Look what I got myself into...as if I need another project!!!!!

My buddy works for the town and tells me the reason the haven't picked up the brush from the neighbors down the road from me is because it has a ducks nest in it.....well the unfortunate happened ...on my way home from dropping off my son at school yesterday momma duck got hit ..(not by me) ..I went to the local farmers co-op to see if they would take the eggs but no go....his incubators are booked solid with babies so guess were the eggs are...after a little lesson in egg turning 3x a day and keeping them at a constant temp of 95'....I hope they make it....I'll take any advice and keep you posted.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:03 PM   #2
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Well, that's a new one! Good luck, foster ducky mama!
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:07 PM   #3
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Careful, last time I knew that somebody was incubating eggs their whole house burned down over Memorial Day weekend!
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:25 PM   #4
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You can also candle the eggs to check for a live duckling. A few years ago we had a Styrofoam incubator bought from local feed store. My first set of eggs 12 out of 14 hatched and they all lived. second set of 24 eggs they all hatched. Needless to say we had chickens running out of the wazoo. All this started so my son then 4 could see the chicks hatch it was a great experience for us both and we made a nice profit at the flea market. Be carefull with the light you have over the eggs (fire hazard) Another idea is if you can find a farm that might have another duck or large chicken setting, she will hatch them for you.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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It sounds just ducky to me, best of luck it should be a fun project.
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Old 05-05-2006, 04:33 PM   #6
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well,, this is just ducky!!! have hatched both chickens and wild turkeys from eggs,,,, all made it out alive. make sure and try to find a mother duck as soon as possible for the ducklings to imprint on a duck. baby chicks imprinted on our human family,,, and would come when called and followed us around,,,, better to have a same species Mom,,, donna
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Do you know what brand of duck it is?

I've got mallards and wood ducks that could foster a few extras, if you can get them out here to duck paradise.
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Old 05-05-2006, 05:19 PM   #8
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12 Mallard eggs........wish you were closer Markdoane

Becky...did the candle check but you can't see through them which means they are pretty close to gestation I think.
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Sounds like maybe so. I'm not sure how many day's for a duck egg, sure you can find it out on line. Do you have children it is a great joy to see them hatch out. But there again they must stay warm. I remember the last we did all hatched out except for 2 after the baby chicks were dry I moved them to another warm area but I left the 2 unhatched eggs a few days latter they hatched also.
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Old 05-05-2006, 06:05 PM   #10
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It's amazing how we all love animals, yesterday on my way home I saw a lab catching a baby rabbit I felt so sorry for the little rabbit. I turned around and went back for a rescue by the time I got back to the spot dog and rabbit were gone. I thought about it all night.
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Old 05-05-2006, 09:06 PM   #11
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And nearly in time for Mother's Day--a special one for you this year! What will you do with 12 little mallards waddling after you all day long? Be sure and take pics to share. We'll all be anxiously waiting for H-Day (hatching day, of course)!
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Hmmm, orange sauce anyone? How many recipes do you know for tender young duck? Tastes like chicken, er...sort of.
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yesterday on my way home I saw a lab catching a baby rabbit I felt so sorry for the little rabbit.
If the Black Lab was like ours, the rabbit is still alive. Our 96 lb female Lab likes to bring baby rabbits to my Wife still alive and unhurt. Although they are all wet and sticky with saliva. My Wife is not grateful!
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