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How old can duck eggs be before incubation?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KHoward, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. KHoward

    KHoward Songster

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    Hello,

    Can someone tell me how long I can collect duck eggs and still have them viable for incubation? I had a trio of Appleyards and one hen died. Now I want to collect as many eggs from the remaining hen and then set them for incubation.

    I collect them first thing in the morning so they aren't sitting in the box for very long.

    I have heard anywhere from 8 days to 14 days.

    Thoughts?
     

  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Eggs in general are best at a week or less for hatching, it is the recommendation by most sources 10 days or less and most people agree past two weeks viability drops significantly.
     

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