Fertility Question & need some info...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Redtopranch, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Redtopranch

    Redtopranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Pekin hens and 1 Pekin drake. The females are about 6 - 7 months old and my male is about 3 months old (maybe a little more). He has been breeding with my 2 females - but how can I tell if the eggs are fertile? Is he too immature to fertilize the eggs or is it a case of "old enough to do the act... old enough to fertilize the eggs"?

    Please let me know what I should look for to see if the egg is good to go in the bator.

    I've been asked about selling the eggs to a person wanting to hatch them. #1. I want to make sure I sell her good (fertile) eggs and #2. I want to sell her eggs at a fair price for both of us.

    What would you suggest a fair price for fertile eggs would be? She thinking about getting 20 eggs or so. Thank you in advance.

    Paul @ Red Top Ranch.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The only way to tell before incubating is by cracking the egg open and checking for the bullseye. Or you could just put some in the bator and see if they start developing. Pekin eggs are real easy to candle imo, so you should be able to see something by day 7 at the latest.
    I don't think they start breeding until they are about 6 months, so maybe your drake is older than you think?

    And a lot of people charge at least $1 per egg for hatching ducks, more if they are show quality parents.
     

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