Duck nest

stacyb1123March 25, 2014

I have a duck not even sure which one laying eggs in a nest seems to be 2 at a time. We found the nest a couple of days ago with about 13 eggs in it and today it is up to 17. If she was going to sit on them would she have already? I don't know how long eggs have been there? We have a some freezing nights also wondering if the eggs are still even able to be sat on if they had been frozen. This is our first year of having ducks that lay eggs so we are not sure exactly what to do with the nest? We have been picking up the straggling eggs.

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Depends on the breed of duck whether or not she will possibly incubate the eggs, white pekin probably not, muscovy, very likely. In my experience eggs that have been frozen will crack and of course be no good. If the nest is not full of down that the mother has pulled from her breast to line the nest my guess is she has no intention of incubating them.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:57AM
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saffron_parasol(4a WI)

I have more experience with geese, and they seem to wait until they have "enough" before they start sitting. The freezing temps are a concern, tho. Not sure how to check if they'd been frozen or not, unless they are cracked. Maybe throw the cracked ones out and keep the rest? The worst that will happen is that they will just get broken later if they rot and make a stinky mother duck! This can/will happen even if there have been no freezing temps, as some eggs simply won't be viable for whatever reasons, and will break anyway. Part of the whole process, and the mothers are pretty good at cleaning up the bad eggs, eating the broken ones, etc.. and taking a bath. Make sure she has a good little tub/kiddie pool with fresh water to wash up in!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:08PM
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