Duck eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Joel Brasier, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Joel Brasier

    Joel Brasier In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2017
    I had a duck sitting on eggs and hatched six of them when she got off the nest. There were still around 20 eggs in the nest. I took those eggs and put them in the incubator. Doing the math, if the six hatched at 28 days and the understanding duck eggs hatch between 28-35 days, I was on day 42 and three more hatched but the membranes were dry and had to have assistance hatching. Luckily they all survived and are healthy. Has anyone experienced this before? Are really late hatchers normal?
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    It's normal if you have a duck setting twenty-six eggs. She can't cover them very efficiently, and so they're incubated at a lower temperature and grow more slowly, if they survive at all.

    I'd limit a duck to thirteen of her own eggs. It's a good number, and I've never raised a duck that couldn't cover that.
  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    Do you have more than one duck? Eggs could have been added to the nest after she was already sitting. So if eggs were added in a week later by other ducks, then they'd hatch a week later.

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