will ducks lay eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by samandmike, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    my question is will ducks lay eggs with no male? if not will the fertilized eggs hatch if the egg gets cold? we found first duck egg today. dont know if we have a male or not. have seen what lookes like mating but thay all look the same.no curled drake feathers on tail yet.thay are about 9 months old
     
  2. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
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    What breeds are they? If they quack then they are a female.

    Forgot to answer your question [​IMG] They will lay eggs without a male duck the eggs just won't be fertile.
     
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  3. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    pekin. are thay old enough to have drake feathers or will that come later? i cant catch them to see if one has black feather.well i can but thay are shy of people.and i dont want to freek them out.
     
  4. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Hens produce unfertile eggs. You must have a drake, of course to fertilize them. Mine our producing eggs, but I don't believe there is any mating going on yet.
     
  5. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for info. do you think the eggs will hatch if fertil but got cold as refridg? how old for drake feather?
     
  6. clarkai

    clarkai Out Of The Brooder

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    1:my question is will ducks lay eggs with no male? Ducks will lay eggs with out a male.

    2: will the fertilized eggs hatch if the egg gets cold?
    If the eggs get cold, say, refrigerator temperatures, they will not hatch. If it was just out side, and it's fairly warm, then it will hatch if it is incubated soon enough.

    You can also tell gender by the way they sound. Drakes have a raspier voice.
     
  7. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for help
     
  8. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    and happy holidays to you all
     
  9. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont forget eggs, not at cold temps, can last a while (depending on the duck) before female will sit on them to hatch them
     

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