Pekin ducks I am officially confused.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Stonebridge-CA, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Stonebridge-CA

    Stonebridge-CA New Egg

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    I own three hens and a drake. I have decided to try and hatch out a clutch of eggs. My issue is how do you tell which eggs have been fertilized and which ones haven't. My duck hens have been laying three-four eggs a day the last four days. Today I only found two eggs and its very obvious that they are not fertile but they might be. Is there a way to tell if the drake got to them?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    How are you determining fertility?

    (I am not a pro at this, just hoping to get more details here so someone who knows all about this can jump in.)

    Welcome to the Forum (c:
     
  3. Stonebridge-CA

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    That's my question Amiga. It used to be easy until they stopped laying in late December and started laying again about three weeks ago.
     
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    BTW I don't have a lot of time to sit on here but once a month since joining last spring.
     
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  6. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    You can crack some open for breakfast. The way people here have discovered how to tell a fertile egg from a non fertile, is by looking at certain spot on the yolk. There should be a white dot on every yolk. If the dot is surrounded by a ring, it is fertile. It is described as looking like a bull's eye. This is known as the Blastoderm, and is also refereed to as the germinal disc, and means the egg is fertile. i would just eat the eggs everyday, until you start seeing the bulls eye, then after you know thy are laying fertile eggs, start saving them. I don't think there is any other way to tell if an eggs is fertile or not unless you crack it open using this method, or incubate it for a time.


    [​IMG]This one is fertile

    [​IMG]This one is not
    Hope this helped
     
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