Any good hatchery to buy fertilized mandarin eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pringle, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    I love these ducks but id like to get hatching eggs.Is there any good hatchery that will sell them?

  2. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    anyone? [​IMG]
  3. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    I just found a hatchery that sells them.Its $10 a egg!$20 a chick.Are these good prices or no?
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

  5. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Sleepy Eye, MN
    I'm sure there are more experienced breeders out there. My brother raises white mandies and any eggs that have gone in the incubator have never hatched for us. I've heard similar complaints from lots of other people. Some people have had luck with silkie or cochin hens. The next challenging part is is getting the babies to eat. You have to drop them off a cupboard or ledge to trigger something in them that tells them to eat. They generally don't like starter mash and want living/moving things. My friend did succeed in raising a day old once but it involved alot of handfeeding with live mealworms. $80 for a started pair of browns seems reasonable. I met Lou at a show last year and he has some very nice stock.
  6. geosheets

    geosheets Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Mandarin eggs are difficult to hatch. I actually have some hens coming from Lou tomorrow. He seems like a nice guy to deal with. Save your money on eggs and buy a juvenile pair.
  7. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    NY Tri State region
    Quote:letting them jump from a counter must simulate jumping out of the tree,or nest box. I've seen wild woody's nest 20 foot off the ground. I was told they have to have a higher humidity in the bator than most other birds. I'm glad I read this post. My friend is giving me eggs next spring.

  8. giffy

    giffy Songster

    Nov 2, 2008
    Don't waste your money on the eggs. Start with a want ad in your local Craigslist under the farm and garden section. You may find you have someone within driving distance. You should be able to purchase a normal colored adult Mandarin pair for around $50-$60, any more than that and I would keep looking.

  9. charlindabob

    charlindabob Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    central Florida
    Quote:I sell a half dozen mixed lot of eggs, as my Mandarins both white and colored run together for $50 + shipping when they are in season in the spring. Mandarin eggs are extremely difficult to hatch and definitely not for the inexperienced person to attempt. My incubating/hatch rate is nominal, but under a broody hen not too bad. Anybody that tells you that you won't have a problem has never attempted to artifically incubate Mandies. Get a broody hen or duck, your chances will improve, or like giffy says, buy the ducks.

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