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If you switched a chicken egg with that of a duck without the hen noticing, what would happen?

He grew up farming banty chickens and ducks, (among other farm animals and crops). Banty chickens are excellent and responsible egg layers, and will not give up until their eggs hatch. When they have a “miscarriage”, they just don't stop trying to lay them. Ducks, on the other hand, quickly loose interest in laying their eggs and wander off. In order to sustain the ducks, my dad’s job was to collect duck eggs and place them under banty chickens.

When they hatched, the banty chickens couldn't tell the difference. But the poor ducklings had a hard time understanding “mom”. Banty chickens dart around eating insects; the ducklings’ natural instinct is to follow their mother in a neat line. Now imagine a bunch of ducklings trying to make a neat line behind their difficult to follow, zigzagging mother.

Oh, and then comes drinking from the pond. A banty chicken will lead her chicks to the pond, and everyone takes a few sips and then proceeds darting about after insects. When a duck goes to the pond with her ducklings, they all just wade in and sip water as they swim around. Now when a banty chicken with ducklings leads everyone to the pond for a few sips of water, all the ducklings instinctively wade in and start swimming around. The poor mother, unaware of her children's swimming abilities, then flips out and runs in circles around the pond frantically clucking at them. All the while, the ducklings swim around wondering “What's up with mom?”.


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132 Comments
Lynn Murchison
Thanks, I enjoyed that!
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Oct 27, 2021 5:23PM
Gloria
Had a Banty hen show up in our backyard where she laid eggs. My husband switched her eggs with 2 duck. 2 turkey and 2 geese eggs. She just fluffed up and nested and hatched the eggs. Very entertaining to watch her try to teach them to scratch and peck, those web footed birds looked confused. We put a tub in the yard for the ducks and geese but the turkeys would follow them and we would have to get them out. Turned into great watch dogs.
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Jul 24, 2020 5:54PM
guthrie
Been there and done that. It was so much fun to watch. I hatched some turkey eggs in my living room once. They thought I was mama when they hatched. They followed me everywhere. We ended penning them up until they were older.
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May 4, 2020 11:01AM
KarlymC
Love it, Thanks for sharing.
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Apr 24, 2020 2:00AM
carlthedad
The other side of that is if you let a duck hatch a chick. The mother duck will instinctively kill the chick. Because she knows it can not swim.
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Mar 5, 2020 5:07PM
LynnAKnox A Anderson
Very interesting
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Mar 1, 2020 1:38AM
ninakamwene
WOW Amazing story, and I learned a lot, and yes next time I will definitely choose a hen mom-ha-ha! Thank you for sharing this. This is why I am on this Quiz Club, it is good for fun and learning.
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Jan 7, 2020 12:37AM
scbie
True! It drives the mother hens crazy when their young “Go for a swim”
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Dec 3, 2019 4:14PM
billysmom
My granny had a huge red hen (origin unknown) that was a terrific mom. Ducks will sometimes eat other ducks eggs or just smash them. Granny put the duck eggs under her red hen and they all hatched and survived.
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Nov 18, 2019 4:06PM
Siegfried Proslmeyr
Had the same with turkeys, they make lousy mums on one occasion I had 12 little turkeys hatch but none survived, the mum didn’t look after them very well, not protected them, so the next lot of turkey eggs I put them under a clucky chicken and let her raise them and they all survived and managed to grow up.
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Aug 18, 2019 7:42PM
Paula L Schommer
Very interesting
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Aug 1, 2019 4:55PM
BPlunkettTurner
robert karel, Not that the hen was a poor Mama to the ducklings, it's just that the hen's instinct was not to have to chase her babies into the pond. Hen is in the coop yard or barnyard but ducks stay near the ponds.
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Jun 27, 2019 6:40PM
BPlunkettTurner
Wow! You learn something new every day!
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Jun 27, 2019 6:38PM
ann garton
Great explanation.😀
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Jun 24, 2019 10:40PM
Tony Cirocco
Linda; My feelings also. linda ergo,
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Jun 4, 2019 9:54AM

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