Ducks Eggs...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Just Hatch duck, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. Just Hatch duck

    Just Hatch duck Chirping

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    Hi, I've just started breeding ducks and i have one male and two females, they started nesting about 3 weeks ago and one of my females leaves the nest all the time and I'm afraid they're getting cold, because her eggs have all gone black and she started with about 15 eggs and only has 3 left. I think the other mother might have killed them because earlier on when they had been nesting for about 1 week my dog snuck into they're pen and ate half her eggs leaving her with six and now they also went black, but when i candled them i couldn't see any veins so I'm not sure what to do, should i take all there eggs out and start them again, but now I'm not sure if the eggs were even fertile to begin with... does anyone have any ideas because i can't find an answer?
    cheers bree
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    What breed of Ducks...What age?...
     
  3. Crazychicknmomma

    Crazychicknmomma In the Brooder

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    How do you tell if the eggs are fertilized? I heard of a trick of holding them up to light, but not sure if that's true? I have 2 Peking ducks, one male and one female. She has laid about 23 eggs as of today, but isn't sitting on them to hatch them. How do I know if she will hatch them or if they are just there because she laid them?
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    If she is not setting them..Meaning staying on the nest and only getting off to eat, drink and poop..She is not Broody..Also Pekin are not known to go Broody very often..Collect all the eggs daily..
     
  5. Crazychicknmomma

    Crazychicknmomma In the Brooder

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    Ok, but how can I tell if they are fertilized? At this point, I think all of the eggs would be wasted unless she keeps laying them because they have sat outside for so long in the heat. Thanks
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Crack an egg open and look at the yolk...it will have a Bullseye...
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    How old are the Ducks?...
     
  8. Crazychicknmomma

    Crazychicknmomma In the Brooder

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    We got them back in April I believe when they were babies. I used to have 4 but 2 got attacked in the cage by something. The other 2 managed to survive
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Still young and now it's not breeding season...
     
  10. Crazychicknmomma

    Crazychicknmomma In the Brooder

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    That's what I was thinking, but it's been so warm, so I was wondering if as it got colder if she would sit on them? I've left them all in there for now to see what happens.
     

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