Egg question

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by HottentotTeal, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone mentioned i should post the question here since it is not a typical domesticated duck.

    Here is where my original thread was in the Duck forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/859913/bad-time-for-my-first-egg


    Here is what happened:

    On this past Sunday i was cleaning my 2 Hottentot Teals' aviary out and noticed an egg (first one ever in 4 or 5 years) was laid behind a grass bush in there. At that point, i think it was no less than a few hours to a day old. She didn't seem interested in the egg, so i figured she was going to lay some more or just indifferent to it, but the weather and myself may have disrupted this.

    On Sunday night, a cold front came in and it dropped down to 28 degrees. I woke up and brought the egg inside the house into a room where it has been in the past few days that is 68 degrees.

    The egg was in a temperature of 30-28 degrees for about 4-6 hours before i brought it in. If the egg was fertilized (which i doubt), is that weather cold enough to prevent it from hatching?

    Also, I brought my ducks inside on Monday afternoon when the temps were going to stay around freezing (low 30s), so i brought them in for 2 days and let them back out this morning where the temps are bit more manageable for them at 45+ degrees as a low to mid 60s for the rest of the week.

    She hasn't laid anymore eggs yet and i have never seen them mate, so i am really doubting that the egg is fertilized. I don't have an incubator and if they laid any eggs, i'd prefer that they try to hatch them naturally.

    I was curious as to how they normally lay eggs, like do they lay one every day or does it take a while in between each egg and does the temperature play a factor and of course my moving them in and out of the house, and whether the freezing temp may have killed the first egg if it was viable?

    i put out a tiny bowl of oyster shell available to her after i noticed the first egg and have kept a tiny bit in there aviary (and inside the dog kennel when they were inside) ever since.
     
  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Hey hottentot. Ducks usually dont care about their eggs unless they are actually sitting on em. And no It probably didnt freeze in that short of time. Hence it could have been fertile. Moving wild ducks definitely throws them out of kilter though. At least thats what I have come to the conclusion early on in my duck days. I avoid that at all cost. Some of my ducks lay a egg a day but most the time they skip a day or two in between. Dont know why. Different for all ducks. Even of the same species over years Ive seen this. Amount of daylight is the main factor on when they lay. Give em good clean water.and right food and a good box or sufficient cover and they may lay again for you. Double cluches happen all the time. In the wild if they get the nest destroyed they try to get another started. Good luck!
     
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  3. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i went ahead and moved the egg back out today, since it doesn't appear to be dropping back down to the 30s any time soon.


    I set some pine needles down where she laid the egg as soon as she laid one on Sunday and when i got home today, i noticed one of the ducks moved the egg a little since this morning. It's still in the nest, but got moved a few inches.
     
  4. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I'm pulling for you hottentot! I used to have hottentotta....scorpions [​IMG]
    It was really hard to successfully raise a brood with them too! They often just ate their babies...like little tacos.
     
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  5. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welp, it's been 2.5 weeks since she laid the egg and it doesn't look like she is interested in sitting on it.

    She's moved it around once a day ever since, but hasn't laid near it at all from what i can tell.

    At what point should i dispose of the egg?
     

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