Random duck questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MallardDuckling, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. MallardDuckling

    MallardDuckling Songster

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    1.) All 4 of my ducklings have this yellow sport thoward the base of their tail, it looks like feathers, but I'm not sure what exactly it is. Any know?

    2.) One of my ducklings randomly bites at the air. He's not going after bugs or anything. Could he be having trouble swollowing food? It's at random times too, he'll do it for awhile, then he'll be fine.

    3.) Can you eat fertile eggs?

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    4.) I've been reading on here, the threads about inbreeding. I have sibling ducklings, and I'm not interested in offspring; 4 is about as many as I can handle right now. I'm interested in just the eggs. Would it be ok, if they breed and I collect the eggs daily?

    Edit: Remembered my other questions.
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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  3. MallardDuckling

    MallardDuckling Songster

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    They are Muscovies.

    Do you have to do anything to the fertilized egg before you eat it? I hear you have to freeze it, but not sure if it's true.

    Ok, just wanted to make sure that it wouldn't hurt my exsisting ducks.
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    The spot at the base of the tail is the oil gland.

    You don't do anything to fertile eggs before eatting them.

    You won't get offspring if you don't let the eggs incubate
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    No freezing required. They won't incubate unless they have constant heat at I think like 90 degrees but I'm not sure on the exact number
     
  6. MallardDuckling

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    Ok, I didn't think you would have to freeze them, but my Boyfriend said otherwise.

    Thanks Kevin and Celtic for your answers!
     

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