Selling Welsh Harlequin duck eggs in fall/winter?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NellaBean, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    My ducks have just started laying.....and the boy has been breeding them with a vengeance, LOL. I have zero interest in hatching ducklings during winter (yuck)....but is there a market to sell hatching eggs this time of year? I got 3 eggs today, so could sell half dozen or full dozen once a week or so.


    Anyone?
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not many folks want to hatch in winter, but there would be no harm in advertising them.

    HOWEVER, please consider the following points before offering your eggs for hatching:

    1. Early eggs often have many more problems than mature eggs during incubation. As a result, you should never set nor offer for sale eggs from ducks who recently started laying. You should give them a minimum of about three weeks before you think about hatching.

    2. Most responsible sellers only offer eggs that have been tested for hatching. Which means you have to run a test batch before offering for sale. Alternately, you could partner with someone who wants to give it a shot at a very low cost & understands that they haven't been tested--you sell them the eggs at half cost or less in exchange for the agreement that they'll give you feedback on how the incubation process goes and how many hatch, health, etc. Once you know your eggs are good and healthy for hatching, you can start selling at full price.

    3. Finally, even with strong mating behaviors, winter eggs are often infertile. Before you even try incubating, you should do some spot checking for fertility (pictures & help with that available here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008). If fertility is present but at low rates, make sure you let potential buyers know that and include a price break.

    4. Even if you don't hatch and/or sell this winter, it would be a good idea to run a test batch a few weeks before selling season in spring before you offer eggs for sale. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  3. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm selling some Pekin eggs on Ebay. Not alot and not for much money. It'll pick up in the spring though.

    I sold about $3k in duck eggs alone this spring/summer.

    I check fertility constantly. I hatch out ducklings and then sell the ducklings that hatch, locally.

    Laurie
     
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  4. Quote:Hi! That's good advice for anyone selling ANY 'eggs for hatching'.
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    Lisa
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Yes! Excellent advice.

    I don't sell hatching eggs this time of year because I do too much cooking [​IMG] None left to spare.
     
  6. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd be willing to run a test batch for you
     
  7. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are they from? Are they from a hatchery or a breeder? I am interested in some Holderreads WH Hatching Eggs...
     
  8. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump...
     
  9. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    Forgot about this one......these are from Metzer's....they've been laying a few weeks but I've only just started getting 3 eggs a day every day this week. Those girls are busy bees.

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  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I should have some eggs for testing in a few weeks. I have a new drake and want to test fertility. Only one of my girls is from Holderread's thought. I think I can tell her eggs from the others though. I am pretty sure hers are the smoother ones.
     

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