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Hi i need to hatch out 60 Khaki duck eggs for a friend but i only have two females. How can i

  store the eggs so i can get all the eggs to together so i can put them in all at once? 

post #2 of 6
You can put them in the Fridge but after a week I find that the hatch rate success is VERY low
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #3 of 6

I actually wouldn't suggest putting them in the fridge, that can also lower your hatch rate. It's best to store hatching eggs in an egg carton in a cool place (large end up), and then turn the eggs at least once a day (you can do this by simply placing a book or something under one end of the egg carton, then moving the book over to the other end to "turn" the eggs).

 

You won't be able to gather 60 eggs from your two girls and hatch them all together though, that is just not feasible. That would mean you'd have to gather eggs for about 30 days, and the hatch rate for eggs starts to fall drastically after 10 days. I always just gather eggs for one week and then incubate. That will give you the best hatch rate. People HAVE hatched older eggs of course, but the hatch rate is lower so you won't get as many ducklings. 

post #4 of 6
Agreed
One week will give you 14 eggs
You will have to do 4 batches and maybe stretch it to 8 days each
That will give you 64 eggs 😀
In case the fertility rate is not 100%
But these 4 batches might have to be raised separately because of the size difference
And bear in mind you may not end up with 64 hatchlings
I store my eggs under the sink
turning it 45 degrees everyda
Good luck
Edited by blueducklings - 2/2/16 at 12:16pm

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post #5 of 6
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Thank you all 

post #6 of 6
Good to know!
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