Fertile or infertile

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rouendude88, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. rouendude88

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    Hi guys I'm new here and new to raising ducks. I have 2 rouens. One drake and one hen. She just started laying last week. He has been mating with her but I just wanted to know if you think she is laying fertile eggs or not. Any help is greatly appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. The Duck Ladie

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    That is definitely a fertile egg. You see the white "Bullseye"? That means it is fertile. If you are thinking of hatching the eggs, wait until she's at least seven months old and has been laying fertile eggs for at least two weeks.
     
  3. rouendude88

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    Awesome! Thank you ! I thought it was from what I've read but wanted to be sure. And may u ask why wait ? Just curious. Thanks again !
     
  4. The Duck Ladie

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    Your welcome. Having Breeders under 7 moths can result in more than 10 to 15% clear eggs when candled on the 7th day of incubation. I know it's hard to wait to start hatching baby ducklings, but it's for the best. (Though it's still tempting... [​IMG])
     
  5. rouendude88

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    Okay cool. So the first 2 weeks worth of eggs shouldn't be incubated then ?
     
  6. The Duck Ladie

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    No. After your pair turns seven months, check one or more of her eggs about every other day for two weeks for fertility to make sure you have a good chance of incubating mainly fertile eggs and then you can incubate them with higher hatch rates.
     
  7. rouendude88

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    Okay that sounds good ! Thank you !
     

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