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how long can i store my fertile duck eggs until i incubate them ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by michelle b 1972, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi everyone, my duck started laying eggs yesterday so up to now i have 2 eggs but i want to incubate them ... ideally i was going to wait until i had 10 eggs then incubate them.... can anyone offer any suggestions please ! i do have a drake in with my girls at all times !
    this is my first time incubating and i want to get it right before i start !
    thanks
    michelle
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    hatch rate starts dropping after 10 days......but if stored where its cool and high humdity last longer. myself would try to set within 2 weeks.

    not that older eggs wouldn't hatch , but lower rate
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had a look in my 'Ducks and Geese' book (I don't actually have any, I bought the book 'just in case'!) and it says it's best to store eggs for a maximum of ten days, round about 12C/54F, pointy end down. Same as for chickens really. It doesn't say anything about humidity while storing them but I'd have imagined it would be a bit higher than for storing chicken eggs...
     
  4. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks guys ! where would you suggest ? the bathroom ? please be advised i live in the uk ... so our weather conditions are terrible at the moment..... well....all the time really [​IMG]

    michelle x
     
  5. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    gypsy... i just noticed you live in scotland.... where did you get that book from please.... think i should invest in one x also what is the full title and author please ? x
     
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Michelle, it's called 'Keeping Ducks and Geese' by Chris & Mike Ashton, and I just chose it at random from a few similar looking ones on Amazon, cause it was the one going cheap! I think it's quite a basic book really, but it's got all the essentiaL info and some great photos of all the different breeds. Hope that helps you!
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