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Duck Eggs, How Long Will They Keep.?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chrystalduck, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. chrystalduck

    chrystalduck Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can you store duck eggs before incubating them. I have 5 doz now. I saved the first 2 doz for someone who wanted eggs to hatch. They never picked them up. I started saving them out 4-15. I turn the cartons daily. Is it to late to incubate these now?
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    They may still be ok - a mother duck on a nest may have eggs that old at times. Generally eggs are best set by the age of a week- but after that their viability will start to decrease. Try them and see- use some of the fresher ones- and only the older ones if you have space in the incubator- 60 ducks hatching would be incredible - but you still better have some idea of how many you can handle raising.

    You can candle the eggs after a week and toss any that havent started- giving you more room if you wanted to set more.
     
  3. chrystalduck

    chrystalduck Out Of The Brooder

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    I am waiting on my incubator to get empty and then I will start with the duck eggs. I am so upset with this person who wanted the eggs, then never bothered to let me know they didn't want them. Such a waste.. My bator should be ready Sunday fingers crossed. Thanks for your reply.. I have a good friend who is wanting ducks, so most of these if they survive will be rehomed. Although I would love to have that many little ducks running around.
     

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