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I'm new to the world of raising ducks of any kind......

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GoslynCarter, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. GoslynCarter

    GoslynCarter New Egg

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    My Peking Ducks have just started to lay. All ten are 7 months old, immature, busy, and noisy day and night trying to make fertile eggs. The females only lay at night in a common nest which is a muddy. I have just started to find 4 really dirty eggs every morning in a single muddy nest which is covered with straw. There is an abundance of clean nesting material available in many quiet spots in a large safe fenced area. Does this sound par for the course for young ducks? From my observations the males don't seem to be successfully coupling. Do I test the eggs the same way I would a chicken egg for fertility? Thanks in advance for any and all words of wisdom.
     
  2. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @GoslynCarter - Ducks don't always do what we want them to. Sometimes they don't lay in proper nests. :) So yes, it's probably normal. They only like nests that are private and cozy-looking, by the way. The males don't always do it right at first, but they should soon.

    I really don't know much about chickens and I've never checked an egg for fertility, but you probably do it the same way for ducks.

    Sorry it took so long for anyone to respond.
     
  3. GoslynCarter

    GoslynCarter New Egg

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    Thanks so much for the info. It is very helpful. They adolescent ducks continue to amuse themselves and everyone around them. They play all day and a good part of the night just like teenagers. My Dad loved to say, "why is so much energy wasted on the young?"
     

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