Refrigerating duck eggs before incubating...what is your hatch rate?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckluck, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

    Oct 22, 2009
    Hey all,

    I have been talking to a few folks off list on this subject but wanted to open it up and see what everyone does.

    I just set a small batch of call duck eggs today, 7 of which I refrigerated, 2 I did not and have marked as such. I am running a fridge that is dedicated only to eggs and parrot supplies, so it is not being opened a lot like your and my kitchen fridge. It is set at the highest setting it can go, 45-50F. I figured this was safer than storing them on my basement floor, which runs 62-64F. The oldest egg of the group was 7 days old. All eggs turned twice daily.

    Does anyone else here put their duck eggs in the fridge to store prior to incubating, and if so, what is your hatch rate like?

  2. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Songster

    Dec 2, 2008
    i did and my results were very sad....i tried about 12 eggs and half died off and then some of the ones that pipped died in the shell...and i think about 1 made it out all good and healthy...maybe my fridge was just cooler than yours but i dont know...i just know i wont try it again....

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