Duck egg fertilized? Other newbie ???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mnh8483, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. mnh8483

    mnh8483 New Egg

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    I have a white pekin female and 2 Swedish ducks male and female. My white pekin was born in march and started laying a few weeks ago. My male I have caught mating with my female Swedish but they were born mid April. Is he sexually mature? Also my pekin lays an egg each morning in the chicken coop floor since they all coop with my chickens. I do not have a nesting box and don't know really what I need for the ducks bc I wasn't expecting eggs so soon. Anyways she lays the eggs and I collect and then she goes back to the coop several times to check in there which she never did before. Is that a sign she wants to brood? Also since I haven't seen the male mate with her could her eggs still be fertilized? I did read on here that you can check by cracking an egg and I did that. It has a white spot in the middle of the yolk. then the second pic shows the white spiral stuff that keeps the yolk and white together. is my egg fertilized? I would love to hatch out some ducklings or let her sit on them but would just need to figure out what she needs. [​IMG]
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  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    HI and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
    It's hard to tell.
     
  3. mnh8483

    mnh8483 New Egg

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    So just bc it hasn't had another white spot doesn't mean it's fertilized? Just trying to figure it out since they are young still and have seen differing opinions.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    If there is a small white dot in the middle of the yolk then its fertile.
     
  5. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry but the egg doesn't appear to be fertile. If it is only a white dot, then it isn't fertile, but if it is a dot with a white ring around it, then it is fertile.

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  6. mnh8483

    mnh8483 New Egg

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    Ok so how long does it take to get the ring round it? I can tell the difference in the images. So just bc the egg has a white dot and then another one where all the gooey stuff is with the white isn't guaranteed. Since my drake was born mid april when would he actually be mature to breed and fertilize? Also the 2 Swedish were raised together while the white Pekin was a few months older. My 2 swedish have a tighter bond with one another, so will he breed with both ducks?
     
  7. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He may be old enough now to start breeding, but it could take a while longer before he gets the hang of it. Once you start seeing him mount the hens, wait about a week then check the eggs. He should mate with both of them, but he will breed with his favorite more often.
     
  8. mnh8483

    mnh8483 New Egg

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    I bet then his fav. will be the one he was raised with b/c that is the way now. We he is breeding the one and then today it was in the water and I guess he connected with her bc all of a sudden they looked stuck and then he flopped off. Guessing though lol
     
  9. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, if that is what happened, then the hens eggs should be fertile starting in a day or two.
     
  10. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The female has too sit on her eggs for a certain amount of time before the egg hatches??

    So If you eat a egg with a duck that has that white dot it just means that the baby is starting to develop right??

    Can you also take the egg out and check with a flashlight for that white dot?
     

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