My duck was killed, I found some eggs in her nest.

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  1. leezolly

    leezolly New Egg

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    A few weeks ago, one of my dogs killed my duck. Up to that point, I hadn't seen her lay any eggs. Today I was just going through the nest just to look in it and I found 5 eggs hidden under the hay. What do I do? They might be fertilized, I'm not sure. I know they have been kept warm because it is very hot outside. How do I know if they are going to hatch or not?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Sorry you lost your duck :hugs Unless it has been consistently 100 degrees out day and night the eggs won't have been warm enough to start developing. You can candle them (shine a bright flashlight through them) to check for embryos but the chances are very slim. Since it's been weeks since she died they also have probably lost viability, so even if you did get an incubator and put them in they likely wouldn't start to develop. You could certainly try though if you wanted.
     
  3. leezolly

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    I just shined a flashlight through them and 3 of them look like they have grown, I can see blood vessels and a big black lump. The other 2 I think haven't developed much at all. Should I just keep them in the nest for now until I can get an incubator? I'm afraid I'm going to accidentally hurt them (if they're alive)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. leezolly

    leezolly New Egg

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    It was so sad [​IMG] our dog has never killed anything before. She was doing fine with our chickens and ducks for months then all the sudden she went on a rampage and killed them all while I was out one day. If these ducklings somehow live we will definitely have to put up a fence to keep them safe!
     
  6. leezolly

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    It definitely has been over 100 degrees everyday as I do live in the desert. I candled them and 3 of them seem to have grown. They look like they're in the final stages of development. The other 2 don't seem to be growing much at all, I think they are dead. I am just afraid to touch the eggs because I read somewhere that they aren't supposed to be rotated or anything the last few days before they hatch, I don't want to hurt them (if they are alive, even)
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

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