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Something got the ducklings
August 30, 2013
1:15 pm
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mamajoseph
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Mama refused to go into the house last night, so we had to rig up a lamp to keep the babies warm and shut them up inside. We left an opening hoping she would eventually go in with them. She never did. Sometime between 10:30 and midnight something got them. DH went out to check on them at those times. 10:30 all was well, 12 midnight, they were gone. We never heard anything. We think it could have been a feral cat or a bush baby, but usually the dog barks if they come into the yard. The lamp was unplugged, so whatever it was tripped on the cord even.

Now to re-design the house and we’re thinking about enclosing it inside a smaller fenced in run. Not sure what to do.

How soon will she start laying again?

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

August 30, 2013
2:52 pm
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Ohhh, That’s sad news Mama J! 

It could have been a snake or some other animal already in the duck house, which would make mama not want to be in there.  Fowl don’t usually know how to get chicks/ducklings out of the nest, especially at night when their nature tells them the nest is the safe place to be.  Hens of most fowl species know they have to get ‘out’ but don’t know how to get the kiddos ‘out’ of the nest, they just leave and act all nervous because the little ones don’t want to leave.

Ducks are a little more seasonal in their laying habits than chickens are though, so depending on the season (and da duck), she may not start laying right away.  Luckily ducks are much more broody then most chickens, so if she’s laying she will probably want to brood them too. 

Sorry if that’s not too helpful, it’s not exactly science. 

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