Laying khaki Campbell questions

nikkir

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Jun 13, 2016
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I apologize for so many questions, but I am new to raising poultry so here goes. I have a hen and Drake pair khaki Campbell's that have been breeding for around a month now and this evening when I put them up I found 6 eggs in a nest. They are housed with 8 Rhode island reds and 2 Bourbon red turkeys. So here are my questions: how many eggs will my hen lay in one nest? How long can the eggs sit before they go bad? How do I know if they are fertile? How often will the hen sit on the eggs? What should I do if she is not sitting on them? We are raising the ducks for eggs to eat and hatch to raise babies for meat. We live in northern CA and the temperatures right now are between the upper 90's to 105. Any information is greatly appreciated!
 

Amiga

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From what I have read (I hope someone with experience joins us here), the female duck can lay a dozen or more - it's going to depend not only on breed, but on her opinions (c;

Candling is how you know if eggs are fertile, and you won't see much till they've been incubated at least several days . . .

Some ducks don't go broody. Again, depends on the individual.

And I think that eggs that are turned daily remain viable for some number of days before setting begins.

If you want the eggs to hatch and she's not inclined to sit, then an incubator is the way to go.

And some ducks, especially on their first batch, will abandon the nest, so having a back up incubator might be something to take care of.
 

nikkir

Hatching
Jun 13, 2016
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Northern California
Thank you so much for your reply! The info is very helpful. She has been averaging close to an egg a day. We decided to leave 5 in the nest and will be candling them in a few days. I haven't seen her sit on the nest unless she is doing so at night, but the days and nights have been very warm here. A few of our chickens just started laying as well so we are very excited!
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