Just discovered our mallards have laid 3 eggs??? can I incubate them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by allquackedup, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. allquackedup

    allquackedup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aug 9, 2009
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    Hi I was out feeding the chickens and ducks this morning and saw three green eggs in the ducks house:weee. Problem is I am not sure when they were layed. We have 10 mallards, 7 hens and 3 drakes. The are about 8 months old. We thought that ducks didnt really lay eggs until spring so this has caught us by surprise. I brought them in the house and layed them on the counter. I was wondering if any BYC'rs knew if we can incubate these eggs since they were exposed to 30 degree temperatures. I made them up some nesting boxes today in case they lay more. Will make it a point to keep checking now that they have layed these three. Any info you all can share would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
     
  2. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Well, if these are the first 3 eggs they layed, I would actually crack one and see if it is fertile. If they are fertile, I would start saving them up until I had a small batch and then hatch away! My ducks tend to lay all year long, except when they are moulting are really stressed.
     

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