Magpie duck sitting on eggs about to hatch!

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Magpie duck sitting on eggs about to hatch!

Postby Eirwen » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:08 pm

Hi all, long story short, I thought I had Muscovy mules but wasn't sure as I only took the pair of ducks in from a friend who was moving and she thought they were Muscovy's. They didn't have red faces so knew they weren't pure breed Muscovy's, and someone on here suggested they were Magpie's, as they look exactly like them. So when Martha kept wanting to sit on her eggs I decided to let her so I could know for sure if they were Mules or Magpie's.

Martha's been sitting on her eggs for over 3 weeks now and I went in her coop to try and clean out some of the poop around her today. She got up off the eggs and I saw that one was broken and discoloured yellow around where it was broken, and I thought "just as I was expecting, there's nothing in them and now they're starting to rot'. But when I took it out I saw the black inside and opened the shell to see a dead chick inside! It was almost fully formed, only its yoke sack (?) still outside its body, but it had everything else normal looking with perfect magpie markings! It was so cute, shame it didn't make it :( I'm not sure how long ago its shell got broken, but I take it that some of the other eggs have chicks in them ready to hatch soon! :D EXCITING! I'm now trying to read everything I can about raising ducklings!

So does anyone have any advice about whether to let Martha raise her own ducklings? Will they be ok with her in the coop without any other heat source?

At the moment her other half, Will, is sleeping with her in their duck house, but I take it I'll have to separate them once the ducks hatch? Or do I separate them now? I have a new larger duck house ready for them, but I gather it will be easier to move Will into the new house rather than to try and move Martha with her ducklings once they arrive?

They live in a large pen with 50m long electric netting with 7 chickens at the moment. I have another 50m net ready to set up, I can either put them in their own big pen or use the extra net to separate Martha and her ducklings from the chickens and Will.

Advice much appreciated!
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