First egg!!! How long until I can leave them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jdywntr, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning my muscovy female FINALLY laid an egg!!! She is about 8 months old. It was very small but I know that is normal at first. [​IMG]

    I have read that eggs are usually not fertile at first because they are small.

    How long until you think I should wait until I leave them with her and hope for broodiness ( I want some ducklings)?
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Congrats [​IMG]
     
  3. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! [​IMG]
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I updated to ask how long until I should start leaving them in the nest. Should I just mark the little ones and leave them til she starts to set? (Hopefully anyway)
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I take away the first 2 weeks of eggs because those usually aren't the best for hatching.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Mark and date the eggs and if she lays an excessive amount before going broody, remove the oldest. I never removed any eggs and generally had 100% hatches from my muscovies.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I know I have read of different things to mark eggs with but what is best so it doesn't come off? Sharpie?
     
  8. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read someone saying the other day not to mark them with sharpie because it goes through the shell. I can't remember what they said to use though.. shoot, I'll try to think of it.
     
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I may have read the same thing. Hmm..... I know I used pencil with a previous duck that was setting and that was NOT the way to go.

    Any other suggestions or things people have tried?
     
  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got egg #4 this morning and they are finally getting to be duck sized. Not the best pic but you can certainly see the size difference from right to left. I can't wait to have some Muscovy babies!! I am hoping for a good broody.
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