First egg now what?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jpg1961, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. Jpg1961

    Jpg1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok my little girl laid her first egg today now what ? I would like to hatch them but have no idea what to do.She wanted nothing to do with it.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Do you also have a drake if so leave her eggs till she gathers a clutch and then see if she is interested she might lay 4-20 before she wants to brood. They only know. lol
     
  3. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So- first egg. Awesome! However here are some things you should know:
    For fertile (hatchable) eggs, you will need a drake. Drakes (excluding Muscovies) have a curled tail feather, and have a raspier, not fully-formed quack voice- females go QUACK QUACK QUACK. Some breeds are gender-colored differently.
    Ducks have two different forms of laying- broody, and laying (non-broody, or laying hens, or egging).
    Broody ducks are the ones with the nests. Broodies lay a clutch of 8-20 (maximum 30 in Muscovy ducks) FERTILE (they can be infertile, but to hatch they must be fertile) eggs and incubate them for 26-28 days (32 days in Muscovies) until they hatch. They start incubating when they are satisfied that they have laid enough eggs. When incubating, a duck hen will have feathers laid around her nest, plucked off her underbody. She will leave once or twice a day to bathe, eat, and drink.
    Non broody (laying) hens lay multiple eggs and refuse to incubate them. To prevent broodiness, collect the eggs daily.
    Good luck!
     
  4. Jpg1961

    Jpg1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for all you information I really appreciate the help
     
  5. Jpg1961

    Jpg1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O ya mr tuff guy he is a scream thinks he is a real lady's man LOL
     

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