Fertile Eggs in Winter?

Haydog03

Crowing
Aug 24, 2018
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So, my female Pekin (Pato) will be 8 months soon! She’s just laid two eggs. We’re not using them for meat, eggs, or anything. Our ducks are like family. Anywho, we’d like to hatch babies... successfully. It’s winter here and often reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit. She’s laid them in a box, with bedding (Pine Shavings). She has two drakes (it’s only her, and two drakes... we’re trying to find female ducks to fix the ratio!) Is it likely they’re fertile, and if they are should we remove them? We don’t have an incubator... as we didn’t think she’d lay until spring. Any advice or “good lucks” appreciated!

Very excited she laid eggs, though! :ya
 

Orca5094

Songster
Jul 26, 2014
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Have you seen them breeding? How old are your males? It's not really breeding season right now, but it's still possible for her eggs to be fertile. So, since it's winter and not an appropriate time for hatching ducklings, I would suggest removing the eggs. You can wait until she finishes the clutch and starts to sit, though (if she sits at all; not all domestic ducks will sit, plus she is still very young and inexperienced so might not do anything with them just yet).
 

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