Are they Fertile

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Presleigh_801, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Presleigh_801

    Presleigh_801 In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2019
    My female Black Swedish duck is laying eggs but my male Rouen has been breeding with her so I don’t want to touch the eggs cause if I do she won’t sit on them there is 11 so far I don’t know if they are fertile or just yoke. So please let me know!!
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Unfortunately the only way to know is to either crack a few open and look for fertility or incubate them and candle for fertility after about a week.
    Just because there is a nest of eggs does not mean she it's going to go broody and hatch them.
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki TwatterSpotter

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    You have to crack a few open or just wait about a week and candle a few of them to see if they are developing.
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Keep waiting. Is she covering the eggs or are they still Just exposed?
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  5. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

    May 22, 2017
    SC Midlands
    Why can't you touch the eggs?
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  6. BReeder!

    BReeder! Crowing

    Mar 12, 2018
    Plainfield, IL
    My Coop
    If they are breeding, chances are the eggs are fertile. No guarantees of course. I think the important question is, "Is she broody?" If she is not sitting on the eggs, 11 eggs is 11 days and the oldest ones may start to rot. If she is sitting on them, I say let nature take its course. If she is not sitting on them, I say connect the eggs, place them in an incubator and candle after a week.

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