Storing duck eggs for hatching

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckmom68, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. duckmom68

    duckmom68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i need to hatch out 60 Khaki duck eggs for a friend but i only have two females. How can i
    store the eggs so i can get all the eggs to together so i can put them in all at once?
     
  2. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put them in the Fridge but after a week I find that the hatch rate success is VERY low
     
  3. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually wouldn't suggest putting them in the fridge, that can also lower your hatch rate. It's best to store hatching eggs in an egg carton in a cool place (large end up), and then turn the eggs at least once a day (you can do this by simply placing a book or something under one end of the egg carton, then moving the book over to the other end to "turn" the eggs).

    You won't be able to gather 60 eggs from your two girls and hatch them all together though, that is just not feasible. That would mean you'd have to gather eggs for about 30 days, and the hatch rate for eggs starts to fall drastically after 10 days. I always just gather eggs for one week and then incubate. That will give you the best hatch rate. People HAVE hatched older eggs of course, but the hatch rate is lower so you won't get as many ducklings.
     
  4. blueducklings

    blueducklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed
    One week will give you 14 eggs
    You will have to do 4 batches and maybe stretch it to 8 days each
    That will give you 64 eggs [​IMG]
    In case the fertility rate is not 100%
    But these 4 batches might have to be raised separately because of the size difference
    And bear in mind you may not end up with 64 hatchlings
    I store my eggs under the sink
    turning it 45 degrees everyda
    Good luck
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  5. duckmom68

    duckmom68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all
     
  6. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know!
     

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