How long are duck eggs viable

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sylvanoak, May 1, 2013.

  1. sylvanoak

    sylvanoak New Egg

    Jun 24, 2011
    I noticed my duck was setting some eggs yesterday. This morning, she was not on them, and I do not think she has been on them all day. HNow long will they remain viable, or should I pitch them now?


  2. I gotDucks

    I gotDucks Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2013
    I can't tell you too much because I have Pekin's and they don't seem to do well hatching eggs. I would guess that she may be preparing to sit on them soon. I think they remain viable for awhile. I have heard of people hatching store bought chicken eggs. My duck has been sitting for at least two weeks now, I think it is hard on them. I wasn't planning on more ducks. I guess you should decide if you want ducklings or not.
  3. shicks0211

    shicks0211 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2012
    Orlando Florida
    ducks will lay eggs and not sit on them for a few days as they continue to lay until they feel they have enough to sit on. The eggs will remain viable for up to a couple long as incubation has not begun. Once the duck starts sitting (and i don't know that i'd consider her sitting if she only stayed there for a short while and then stopped) then the incubation has begun , but ducks will leave the nest to eat and drink for sometimes hours at a time and the ducklings are still fine. And no one can hatch eggs bought from a store. One they're cold for way too long even if they were fertile..and 2 they aren't fertile because they keep the hens all in a row in one spot and the eggs roll out of the nest immediately after laying..there is no rooster in that area for them to be fertile.

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