I have had a comment on my www.farmingfriends.com website asking how to discourage ducks from being broody.
"I need to stop my ducks going broody. Eggs are removed in the mornings. i have 3 that are sitting. How can I bring them back in to lay as soon as possible? Daisy"
I don't have experience of ducks being broody but the advice for hens is:
* If you do not want to let a hen sit on a nest, then it is a good idea to remove the hen from the nest as soon as possible (night time is a good time to do this).
* Sometimes it is necessary to put a broody hen in a broody coop.
* A broody coop is a small cage or box which has a wire or slatted bottom to discourage the hen from sitting in the coop as there is no material for nesting.
* A broody coop can be suspended from the ceiling of the poultry hut so that the hen is not removed from the other hens completely.
* Food and water must be provided in the coop.
* After a few days the broody hen can be returned to the rest of the flock.
Let me know if you have any advice for Daisy about her broody ducks.
sara @ farmingfriends