Are the eggs fertile

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jayjay, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. jayjay

    jayjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2012
    Essex, UK
    Hi all,

    My duck has laid 15 eggs over the last 3 weeks and has just started to sit on them. She has been sitting for the last week, not all the time.
    She is in with another hen and 2 drakes. She is still laying every morning. As it had been a week i took a couple of eggs and did a tourch test to see if i could see anything but i couldn't. Is it too early or do you think the eggs are not fertilized? I have seen them mating on many occasions.

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. They should be fertile. I'm not all that familiar with ducks nor hatching.
  3. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA

    I have not hatched any duck eggs yet, but three weeks seems like a long time to start sitting.
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    How old are your birds?

  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. The eggs should be fertile with mature drakes in there. But you might want to wait a few days to candle again or until she starts setting on them full time, then you should be able to see veins if they're developing.

    This is one of my goose eggs candled at 7 days. The blood vessels were just becoming visible - they're much harder to see in the pic than in real life. Since most ducks take around 28 days, too, they should look similar.

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  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. For further reference, I always mark eggs with a pencil the date of the egg, that way I know what is newly laid. Then I candle every egg on day 7 to see if it is fertile. The ones that aren't, I take out. :thumbsup
  7. jayjay

    jayjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2012
    Essex, UK
    Thanks, the picture really helps me. This is my first lot of eggs and i am a bit nervous. Today she has hardly left her nest at all. Normally when i go to feed they are all there but today she stayed inside. I didn't want to disturb her so have left her alone. I will candle again in a couple of days and see what i can find. I work in a school and the children are all very interested but at the moment i have not allowed them in in case it puts her off. I feel like i'm expecting my kids all over again.

    I am still thinking of taking the drakes out though, daddy is not giving the other one a break.

    Thanks also for the tip about marking them. I did mark them with an ordinary pencil but where she keeps turning them it has worn off. I know marker pens are a no no so am now trying small stickers. Hope this is ok.
  8. Welcome ! If you have saw them mating I would say they are fertile. Congrats and hope you get a good hatch.
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I just candled my eggs today, and I couldn't see anything until they were over 10 days of constant sitting. Now they are for sure alive and growing! [​IMG] @ 16 days
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
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