Before declaring the title premature, note that, ducklings or no, way is being made.
(2/19/18) I think Utie and I are both a little exasperated with the amount of times there’s just been a chilled egg sitting in the middle of the coop, or a still-warm egg under her tail, but outside of the nest box and on its way to escape.
I made an attempt at creating a rim on the nest to prevent eggs scootching out, but came back a few minutes later to find Utie had left the nest and was huddled in the middle of the coop, instead. I removed the rim, and she went right back onto her eggs.
She’s doing her best, but I think the bottom line is the muscovies will need larger nest boxes than the chickens. She had originally started nesting on the other side of the coop, and I pulled a nest box divider to give her a roomier nursery, but that made her leave the nest and move to the small box she now occupies.
(2/13/18) Eggs candled on day 18..ish, revealed heartbeats, and the silhouette of a head and legs. I accidentally didn’t count how many, but it’s a number greater than both 0 (excellent!) and 1 (twice as good!)
(2/4/18) Eggs candled on day 9 reveal at least 4 of 16 eggs are fertile and developing!
I suspect several of being duds, and one of having a blood ring, which indicates a failed embryo, but am leery of aborting live eggs through misidentification.
(1/26/18) Utie is sitting! 13 is the final tally.
(1/21/18), Utie has amassed 8 eggs in her nest and has not yet begun to sit. She lays, apparently midmorning, one egg about every other day, unless Anka is contributing eggs on the sly, which is well within the realm of possibility.