New to the website and to duck unclehood :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Brianmiller1021, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Brianmiller1021

    Brianmiller1021 In the Brooder

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    I have a question. I have two Mallard duck, one male, one female. They will be one year old next month. They are quite a pair and I am fascinated by their personality.

    In June of last year the female was laying eggs, but she was just dropping them in the yard. All total she laid 13and we tried incubating them in the house. They looked as though they were beginning to develop when we lost power for a few days and lost them. I don’t know if they would have hatched or not.

    Recently, the end of December she began laying them again. Only this time she built a nest and began sitting on them. She built the nest outside of the hutch so we built another around her and put extra shavings and a heat lamp above the entrance where she is nesting. She has been sitting on them practically nonstop. However it has been over 6 weeks with no sign of hatching. I can’t get close enough to candle them and am afraid to pick them up.

    Any comments, suggestions or any input to enlighten me as to what to do. If anything. Shouldn’t they have hatched by now?

    Thanks, Brian
     
  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BackYard Chickens! Thanks for joining! :frow

    I think it takes a maximum of 29 days for the eggs to hatch, so your eggs might be infertile. You should try to find a way to candle them as it's not healthy for a duck to sit for that long.
     
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  3. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Howdy Brian!:frow Welcome to our FUN-omenal Flock! Best wishes and have lots of FUN!!!!
     
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    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    You sure it’s been 6 weeks ? It takes 28 days (4 weeks) for mallard duck eggs to hatch, they must be dead. Welcome to BYC :frow:welcome
     
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    cassie123 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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  6. Brianmiller1021

    Brianmiller1021 In the Brooder

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    Thank you, I think it has been too long. I noticed she walks hunched up when sh comes out. I have been worried. Wasn’t sure whether to take an egg and candle it. If I did I was afraid to put it back.
    Thank you
     
  7. Brianmiller1021

    Brianmiller1021 In the Brooder

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    I was thinking the same thing but wasn’t sure. Thought the cold may have been a factor.
    Than you.
     
  8. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

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    No problem. Your duck seems like a dedicated girl! Once she gets a break, you could buy fertilized eggs for her to hatch.
     
  9. Brianmiller1021

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    I am concerned about how she will react if we candle an egg and find them dead or infirtle and we remove all of the eggs when she leaves the nest. Any input on that?
     
  10. Bamabexchicks

    Bamabexchicks Free Ranging

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    Hi Brian, welcome to BYC! I'm gonna go ahead and tag some of the duck people for you and y'all can make the introduckshuns! :D
    @WVduckchick @WannaBeHillBilly
     
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