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When do eggs become fertile?

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Hello,
I have Khaki Campbells. The hens and the drakes are all the same age. I know they will start to lay at around 18-20 weeks. Does anyone know how long it will be before the eggs are likely to be fertile and have a good hatch rate? Also, do ducks lay "pullet eggs"--like the smaller eggs that chickens lay when they are just getting started? My ducklings are just babies, but already I have some friends who are asking for eggs to incubate to start their own flocks, and I don't know what to tell them about when I might have some good eggs for them. Thanks!

Ducks, mostly Golden 300s, Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins and Swedish. Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze and Blue Slate turkeys, Old English Game bantams, and Red Laced Blue Wyandottes.
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Ducks, mostly Golden 300s, Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins and Swedish. Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze and Blue Slate turkeys, Old English Game bantams, and Red Laced Blue Wyandottes.
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Have you seen them mating yet? I would think the first bunch of eggs they lay are just starter eggs -smaller and such never heard of them being called "pullet eggs" though?  When you start geting eggs from them crack them open and look for the bullseye-I would only do that if you see them mating though-then after you start seeing a bunch with bullseyes-thats when I would sell them to your friends?  My personal opinion :-)

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Silver Laced Brahmas, Tolbunts,BBS Marans, Tolbunt mixed bucket of fun eggs and ;A bunch of projects working right now!!!!! 

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My ducks were like 20 weeks when the mating started and about 1 month the later the eggs started and they were fertile I cracked a few to see and yep the bulleye was there...My are crested,pekin and mallard..Not mixed 3 different kinds of girls...Only mallard drake

The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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