Duck Eggs Under Momma

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DucksinOR, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR In the Brooder

    So, I have ten duck eggs under a duck hen. 9 are on day 21, and 1 on day 20. I candled them tonight, and they look like they are more on day 24-26. Do duck eggs under a duck hatch in less time than in an incubator? This is my first time with broody ducks, so not sure. Thanks in advance!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    In my experience most eggs hatch roughly when they are supposed to and always when they are ready, whether under a bird or in an incubator. A good broody maintains the "perfect" environment for hatching eggs, so they should arrive on their due and expected dates. Though, that being said, I've had my share of surprises under hens over the years! lol Best of luck with the hatch and keep us posted, please.
  3. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR In the Brooder

    Thanks! That is what I thought. I was kind of surprised that they looked so far along. I can definitely post updates! :)
  4. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR In the Brooder

    Five of the eggs are shadowing! :D
  5. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR In the Brooder

    One died yesterday, and another today. :(. But, the remaining 8 are shadowing! So excited!

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