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Feb 17, 2010

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Why is my duck not sitting on her eggs?

I have a Rouen pair and an Appleyard female, which are free range although they are penned together overnight. Over the past 3 days, they have laid 10 eggs between them, all in the same nest in a house in their overnight pen. But I have not seen either hen sitting on the eggs. I have seen them mating on numerous occasions, so I think the eggs must be fetilsed, but they are too busy free-ranging to look after the eggs! They have food & water in the pen & can come & go as they please during the day, I have felt the eggs on a couple of occasions and they feel cold. Are the hens likely to sit these eggs at some point or should I remove them from the nest and let them start again at a later date?  (Feb 17, 2010 | post #1)