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post #1 of 7
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We have a mating pair of Mallards. she began laying eggs three days ago. I contacted the person we got her from and they said, "if she don't sit on it, then its infertile". So we removed 3 eggs (1 each day). Now after some more research we learn that a Mallard won't sit until there is 8 eggs or more.

 

 

which is true?

 

can we put the eggs back?

post #2 of 7
Mallards are seasonal layers so usually once they begin to lay and mate ( mateing is the important part ) they will shortly begin to brood. Also yes the person was wrong ducks can lay fertile eggs and not care about them just like they would do to an infertile egg. Also a duck would brood an infertile egg just like a fertile egg.

It truely is up to the ducks for when they decide to lay on the eggs but when mateing increases the ducks should begin to lay on the nest more.
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 7
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can we put the eggs back that we have removed?

post #4 of 7

you can idk if she'll accept them but its worth a shot


Edited by buff goose guy - 4/5/16 at 11:32am
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
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 #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

first egg three days, 2nd egg two days on down. However, they are in the refrigerator and here in Michigan the last four days, it has been colder outside then the fridge.

 

worried about human scent on the egg or is that a wives tale?

post #6 of 7
Wives tale
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
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 #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

thank you for taking the time. it is appreciated.

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