Duck, Goose, Chicken & Game Bird Hatchery

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I get them to lay eggs in nests and sit on them?
The best nest provides protection from rain and sun and gives the female a sense of security. It should have three walls, a roof and a low front to keep the nesting material in the nest box. For ducks it should be about 15"x15", for geese it should be at least 24"x24". Fill it with straw, wood shavings or rice hulls. You can put a chicken or fake egg in it to further entice them. You cannot force them to sit on their eggs. The Muscovy, Mallard and Khaki Campbell are very good at sitting on their own eggs. For the other breeds, it depends on the individual bird. Most goose breeds will sit on their own eggs. They do not start sitting on the eggs until the nest is full, normally 12-15 eggs.
Read our blog post on nests.

Which breed(s) would make the best pet(s) for me?

I only want one or two birds, what do I do?

How do I care for the baby birds?

When can I put them outside?

When do they become completely feathered?

When can I give them swimming water?

When do they start laying eggs?

How long can my female lay fertile eggs after my male died?

How do I pick up a duck?

How long does it take Mallards before they fly?

How do I prevent my Mallards from flying?

When should I switch from starter feed to grower feed?

Is the floor surface important with ducks and geese?

Can I keep a baby Mallard duck/Canada goose I found in the wild?

Will a single duck/goose be happy living with me?

What size must my fish be so my ducks and geese do not harm them?

Do ducks and geese get along?

Does anyone sell egg cartons for duck or goose eggs?

Can ducks and geese survive on a pond?

Do Runner ducks swim?

Can ducks and geese be outside during the winter?

Will they crossbreed?

Do ducks and geese have to have swimming water?

What causes eye problems in my ducklings?

Do you give tours?

Where do I get leg bands for older birds?

Why do my Sebastopol, Embden or Roman Tufted have black feathers?

What is a mule duck?

What causes the black spots on my duck's bill?

How do I keep ducks out of my swimming pool?

Can my ducks and geese drink and swim in chlorinated water?

Are ducks safe around children?

What is grit?

Should I provide oyster shell?

How soon does an egg have to be put in the incubator?

What do I do about my duck's dull and ragged feathers?

Where can I get native plants that ducks and geese love to eat?

What duck breeds are best to train my dog for herding?

Where do I find Call ducks and Muscovy?

How do I introduce new ducks into my flock?

What are the scientific names for ducks and geese?

So, do geese make good pets?

But, can't geese be mean or aggressive?

What about snacks for geese?

Will poultry lay eggs without any males present?

How can I get them to lay eggs in nests and sit on them?

What should I do with an egg I found?

Do I have to use an incubator?

What is the normal incubation period?

How do I know if an egg is fertile?

Can I help a bird out of the shell when it hatches?

What is the life expectancy of a duck or goose?

How do I tell males from females?

How many males and females should I have?