How many eggs will a duck lay before setting?

jessaree

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jan 20, 2008
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I was going to clean out my flower bed on Sunday, but to my surprise there was a nest of almost 2 dozen eggs from my mallards. I don't know how many are laying in it, but it keeps growing every day. There is quite a build-up around the eggs, so they are well hidden.

I had found a similar nest next to the fire place with 3 eggs in it, but no more appeared in it.


I'm still trying to decide whether to wait them out or fire up the incubator!
 

Camelot Farms

Chickenista
10 Years
Jun 5, 2009
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VA,TN,NC Tri-State area
What about taking some and putting in the bator and leaving some for them to brood?

My ducks have brooded clutches of 4 or 5 all the way up to 10 or 12. Smaller clutches when they have their own nest and larger when someone else is adding eggs to their pile...lol

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