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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gmonday, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. gmonday

    gmonday New Egg

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    I have 2 mallards one female one male the female had laid now 34 eggs? is this normal? and will they all hatch. confused everything I look up theres on like 12 or so what do I do[​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG].


    That's quite a large clutch. Are you sure that you have a male and female? Hatch rates are hard to predict but most likely not every single one will end up hatching. I would personally take away some of those eggs so it would be easier for her to tend to.
     
  3. gmonday

    gmonday New Egg

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    yes for sure there is one male and one female. how do I know which ones to take out? she moves them all the time and I do not know now which was laid first and vis versa,she is in a very exlarge nesting box..
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How long has she been sitting on them?
     
  5. gmonday

    gmonday New Egg

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    She don't sit all the time right now she on them in the morning and evening
    I read that she will sit 24/7 when she is done but goodness at this rate I don't know when she be done giggle...
     
  6. Kevin565

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    I would try candling the eggs to make sure nothing has started developing in the eggs. I would remove as many eggs as possible. If she hasn't hatched before I honestly wouldn't give her more than 12 eggs. I personally prefer to keep smaller clutch sizes such as 8-10 eggs.
     
  7. gmonday

    gmonday New Egg

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    Yes I agree I will try that. but picking up the eggs wont bother her? or disrupt the egg progess
     
  8. Kevin565

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    I've removed eggs before and it's never seem to honestly bother any of my females.
     
  9. gmonday

    gmonday New Egg

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    because last time she had a bunch it was in the weather rain I moved them and she abandon them? and then it was like 20 eggs lol I have a egg laying duck
     
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    My guess would be she abandoned it due to the nest being moved not necessarily because eggs were removed. I've never attempted to move a nest before so I'm not honestly sure.
     

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