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Indian Runner mother
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virginia perry    Posted 04-30-2004 at 16:26:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Despite all the "experts" proclaiming that Runner hens are lousy sitters, one of ours has been sitting on 5 eggs for 23 days. (Due to hatch in 5 days!)
Here are the questions:
(chime in to any or all!)

So, anyone ever raised Runner duckings "naturally"?

Will the mother take care of her babies?

If she does, do they still need light/heat round the clock?

Should mom/babies be separated from the other female and/or drake?

When should the babies have access to swimming water?

Anything else important to know?

Thanks in advance!


Casco, Maine

E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-01-2004 at 05:52:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Virginia, if the mother hatches out the eggs,
she will take care of them, thats instinct. Your still having some cold weather in Maine so it won`t hurt to keep them secure and warm, but when
they get cold they will get tucked inside of mothers feathers, this happens in the wild all
the time. Mother will protect her brood from other
ducks. Ducks do need plenty of fresh water, as far
as access to swimming water, with the protection
of a mother baby ducks can hit the water from day
one, mother will begin to teach the little ones
how to be ducks. Good luck/100% hatch rate!

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