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Duck Eggs, How Long Will They Keep.?

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How long can you store duck eggs before incubating them.  I have 5 doz now. I saved the first 2 doz for someone who wanted eggs to hatch. They never picked them up.  I started saving them out 4-15. I turn the cartons daily.   Is it to late to incubate these now?

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They may still be ok - a mother duck on a nest may have eggs that old at times.  Generally eggs are best set by the age of a week- but after that their viability will start to decrease.  Try them and see- use some of the fresher ones- and only the older ones if you have space in the incubator-  60 ducks hatching would be incredible - but you still better have some idea of how many you can handle raising.

You can candle the eggs after a week and toss any that havent started- giving you more room if you wanted to set more.

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I am waiting on my incubator to get empty and then I will start with the duck eggs. I am so upset with this person who wanted the eggs, then never bothered to let me know they didn't want them. Such a waste..  My bator should be ready Sunday fingers crossed.  Thanks for your reply..  I have a good friend who is wanting ducks, so most of these if they survive will be rehomed.  Although I would love to have that many little ducks running around.

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