A broody duck will sit on a nest for 28 days in order to hatch out her eggs and Betty has been B-R-O-O-D-Y!!! She leaves her nest twice a day to eat, drink and take a bath. Her mate, Bill, while he spends a bit more time wandering the yard, has been by her side “holding her wing” through this whole thing. He has been so attentive to her and makes sure when she leaves the nest the eggs are covered nicely with straw, almost like he is tucking them in!
Today is the 7th of July and this morning when I went out to tend our critters, four of Betty’s eggs had started to pip!!!! Pipping is when the duckling inside the egg begins to tap the shell from the inside in order to break out and be born. Someone seems to have been sitting on her nest a little longer then I knew!!! That or her ducklings are going to be over achievers. Either way, they are on their way and the country kids and I are on pins and needles.
I have closed Betty in her pen to keep her safe, much to Bill’s dismay. I just don’t want the chickens bugging her in her final hours of sitting. If a duckling is born, I don’t want it to be picked on by anyone (daddy duck or the chickens) or to accidently wander off. Maybe I am being silly, but letting Betty hatch eggs is a first time experience for both her and I and I guess I am being an overly cautious grandma. *wink*
It is hard not to just sit out in the shed and wait for something to happen. I know, realistically, we are looking at around 24 hours before the first duckling is out. I guess I will just have to leave it up to Bill to keep Betty company and help her breath. I wonder if they have duck Lamaze?!?!? I wonder if they have freaked out farm girl Lamaze!??!?! Fingers crossed for Bill and Betty as they are about to become proud parents!!
|Duck birthing ward, complete with nervous father!|
*** Update - We have Babies on Board *Warning* Cuteness overload!! ***