Hi, can you help me,I have a drake and a female indian runner duck.The female is laying one egg everyday, which we collect.How do I know if she is broody or wants to hatch them ? or will she lay a clutch of eggs? I would love to breed them but am unsure how to get started.
Thanks for visiting the farmingfriends website and leaving a comment. What a great
question. A broody hen or duck will sit on her eggs. Your duck won’t go broody if the eggs are being taken away. If you want to get your duck to sit then you could try leaving the eggs in the nest or if you don’t wish to do this then get some pot eggs and leave them in the nest until she won’t leave the nest. Once she has gone broody, it is important to make sure that the nest is comfortable and food and water are within easy reach. When a duck does sit it is important to make sure that the duck leaves the nest everyday to stretch her legs, and eat/drink and possible have a quick swim. When she returns to the nest her damp body from her swim will help to keep the humidity levels correct. If you take your eggs away and use pot eggs to get her to sit then it is important to make sure that you store the eggs correctly.
Don’t store your eggs for more than 7 days before placing them under your broody hen and make sure that you turn them 4/5 times a day.
I hope this information is useful and that you get your duck to go broody or find a
broody hen to sit on the eggs as eggs hatch more successfully under a broody hen or duck.
Let me know how you get on and best of luck. Kind regards.
Sara @ farmingfriends
If anyone has experience of ducks going broody and sitting on their eggs then please leave a comment.