question about refrigerated duck eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Nikkumz, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my duck has laid a total of 11 eggs, i have washed and refrigerated 7 of them and there are still 4 in the nest. If i put the other 7 in the nest will they still hatch? Its been 1 egg a day so the oldest has been in the fridge for about a week and a half now. I know they are all fertile because i have opened two and i know shes mating with my male.
    Do the 7 in the fridge have a chance of hatching?
    Please help, thanks!
     
  2. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone have any advice?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Might wait more than 8 min before posting again. It falls under "bumping" your thread. [​IMG]

    There is still a chance they can hatch, nothing to lose to put them under. At worse they don't hatch.
     
  4. GrannyCarol

    GrannyCarol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there is a chance, though not as good a chance as you'd have if they weren't refrigerated a week. I'd try it.
     
  5. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try it too. Some are likely to hatch.
     
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chilling lowers the hatch rate, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of them make it. When wild ducks begin to lay here in April, it can still get very cold at night, and I know the nests are untended for the laying period. They are covered with down so insulated somewhat, but they still get pretty cold, and those still hatch.
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    I've hatched out refrigerated eggs plenty of times before (none were over 2 wks old), so it won't hurt to try. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't actually say whether or not the duck is broody. If she isn't broody, then none of them are going to hatch.
     
  9. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, when i got her she was broody but was only sitting on one egg, i was told that ducks are the type to get broody when they have a big enough clutch, she has 13 in her nest now that i put those others back and she is laying 1 a day. She buries the eggs like a good momma duck would do and i know shes a good mom ive seen her hatch and take care of two different clutches this year already at the farm not far from us where i got her
     

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