Duck Egg fertility

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Xarinn, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Xarinn

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    I was wondering if I was the only one who felt it was much harder to identify fertility in duck eggs than it is in chicken eggs?

    I have 3 drakes 4 females ( they are free range so no fighting), they are about 1 year old. I know that they are mating because I witness the duck love on a very regular basis and everyone is in on the action so I would expect the eggs to be fertile but for the life of me I cannot look at the eggs and say fertile.
    I do know what fertile eggs should look like in a chicken, are ducks different?
     
  2. Xarinn

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  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Personally, my duck eggs are much easier to tell. Are you just cracking them open to look at the yolk, or trying to incubate and candling?
     
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    I am cracking them open to look at the yolk, can tell clear as day in a chicken egg but for some reason the duck eggs are being stubborn. I would swear they were infertile except I see the duck love all the time
     
  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Female ducks have the ability to reject the drake's "fertilization", so that's a possibility. But with your ratio, I would wager many are fertile. I don't remember it being any more difficult to see the bullseye in duck eggs, but maybe @Ravynscroft or @Pyxis can give their thoughts too.
     
  6. Xarinn

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    Thanks, I still have chicks in the bator so it will be a couple of weeks before I set duck eggs. I will just keep checking every time I use them and hopefully things will appear more clear. If all else fails I will set some and wait and see:)
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Take some pics of the blastoderm/blastodisc and post them here...
     
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    Will do, thanks
     
  9. WVduckchick

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    Also, fresher ones are harder to tell, so if you let them sit a few days first, that should help.
     
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    Are duck eggs similar to chickens in that they should be set within 7 days or so of being laid?
     

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