Too late to hatch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Aliciahess, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all. I just figured out my khaki Campbell has been bidding her eggs and is now sitting on them. Is this too late in the year? She is next to the house, warm and dry. I'm not able to handle her very much if at all.
    Also we will be moving in 14-18 days...any tips or suggestions on what to do? I don't have an incubator, can't afford one....
    Thanks for the help!
    Alicia
     
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you want the ducklings if they hatch? If not you could always dispose of the eggs, provided they aren't too far along (there are humane ways of doing this). I guess it's not the best time since you are about to move, and it's getting colder there I'm sure. But if you want them and are able to take care of them, why not?

    If you could get your hands on a few of the eggs and candle them, that might be a good idea. Then you can see how far along they are. You can't really move them during the incubation process without losing them, but if they are far enough along they could hatch before your move. Not sure if mamma duck will be too stressed after a move to still take care of her ducklings, so you might have to step in. Hard to know just what they'll do until the situation arises.

    What a difficult situation! Let us know what happens.
     
  3. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think im going to look into an incubator on craigslist. Dont want to get rid of the eggs. Will.most likely sell the ducklings. Here are the eggs, counted about 30. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will try to candle tonight. Keep eveyone posted.
     
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  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's alot of eggs! She's been busy! ;)

    But yes, let us know what you see! And good idea on trying to snag an incubator, just in case.
     
  6. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are two hens so im thinking they are sharing a nest. Is that normal?
     
  7. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, waterfowl often do that. Sometimes the hens will even "share" in incubating the eggs and taking care of the little ones once they hatch.

    Definitely makes more sense that all those eggs are from more than one hen, too! ;)
     
  8. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay...38 eggs total. Got an incubator and am bringing them in. Hens arent staying on the nest. The eggs r dirty. Should I clean them and how? Or would tbis jostle them too much?
    Thanks,
    Alicia
     
  9. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This doesnt look normal to me. Should I discard egg?[​IMG]
    Maybe im just paranoid now. I have no idea how the eggs were outside before I found them. Guessing...maybe at least 7 days
     
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    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't want to wash eggs that you are going to incubate because it removes the protective coating on them that keeps bacteria out. You can lightly wipe off any feces, but other than that I'd leave them be.

    That egg looks like it has mold growing inside, so I would discard that one.

    Ducks generally only lay one egg a day, so if there are two hens the eggs have probably been piling up for about 19 days now. Do any of them show development inside?
     
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