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Raising ducks ?
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screaminghollow    Posted 02-08-2005 at 10:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a dozen Rouen ducks free ranging around the place. They were hatched last August. I noticed a pair of them doing the "wild thing" yesterday. I figured the hens wouldn't lay eggs till March. now I'm not so sure. What nesting provisions should I make and if I want to put the eggs in an incubator, what sort of places should I look for the nests. Do they need shelter, like a nest box? do they just nest in the open? Should I put them in a pen? Thanks

Ennis    Posted 02-08-2005 at 12:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
we incubate all of our duck eggs and with good success.

We lock our ducks up at night in a pen and they seem to lay their eggs in that pen area.

We have 55 gal drums on their side for them to nest in and our neighbor just has wicker bushel baskets with hay in them for nests.

Our incubator is full of eggs right now so much for the spring laying huh?

The reason we incubate the eggs vs the momma ducks is because of snakes getting the eggs as our pen isn't snake proof.

We raise Muscovy, Peking and a rouen duck

Red Dave    Posted 02-08-2005 at 10:48:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple years ago we had a mama duck take up residence in a pothole in our parking lot. About 75 feet from the river. We put up a couple of traffic cones to protect it from one of us running over it, but that's all we did.
She laid her eggs and sat on them till they hatched. Sometime in the summer she and the youngun's disapeared. I don't think a predator got them because they were there for several months before they left.

Peanut    Posted 02-08-2005 at 10:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't help you with the hatching process because I have only one male Rouen. I can tell you that he was raised from a duckling with chicks. For the most part they get along but the Rouen can be mean as heck to the hens (all full grown now). We had to separate the hens from the Rouen in the pen for a while to get him to settle down a bit. Yes, we keep our Rouen in the chicken coop. They need free access to lots of water to bathe and play in and drink. Our one Rouen makes a horrible mess of the straw in our coop but we like to make sure he is protected. Our Rouen likes to sit in the nesting boxes in the coop.

mark    Posted 02-08-2005 at 10:34:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
drakes are nasty little r_peists so I would'nt go
by mounting as a sign the hens are ready to
nest. In fact if you have too many drakes you'll
end up with hens getting stomped to death.

As far as nesting, ours pretty much go where
they find the kind of nest material they like.
Some have had nests in the treeline, some in
the barn, straw pile, chicken coop etc.

If you want to collect and hatch the eggs you'll
need to pen them up otherwise you'll be
running around like an Easter morning egg
hunt ever day. Most of the time they'll move the
nest if you start swiping their eggs.

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