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Duck eggs fertile?

 
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I have 4 eggs not sure if their fertile or not. I'm a first timer so I'm not even sure what I'm looking for. Egg 1 -3 have been incubating for 11-9 days and egg 4 for 2 days. So what's the verdict?
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Looks like 3 def 1 is a maybe.
 
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Hmmmm...try candling them with the large end up.

Here are some pictures and info from Poultry Keeper.

Here are a bunch of pictures Duck Duck Go search <-- kinda funny, but Duck Duck Go is an alternative to other search engines that track your browsing.

Otherwise, I'm not sure. Egg #3 looks like something might be going on, but I also think I'm looking at the "O" on the shell.

Please keep us updated!
 
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With duck eggs humidity levels are huge! So keep a careful eye on that.
 
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I now have 7 eggs. Egg 4 now looks like it's been partially cooked and scrambled. I feel like I'm failing at this.
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You're not failing! If 50% of incubated eggs hatch, you're doing fantastic! It's a learned skill (for humans and for non-broody ducks), and it isn't easy.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Not all incubators are created equal
2. Putting fertilized duck eggs of different ages in an incubator can mess up the humidity and the CO2 levels - that's why some people buy fertilized duck eggs from hatcheries. The age problem is solved, but the hatch percentage is still pretty low - maybe 70% is a good number?
3. Incubating duck eggs is hard.

I've got to go do stuff (I'm taking a well deserved break, but it won't last forever ;) ), but I'll check on this thread later.

Do you have Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks? I feel like I'm shilling for this book... . Anyway, if I recall correctly, there's a great section on duck egg incubation. I'll see if I can find it later if you don't have it.

Don't give up! This batch might not make it, but that's part of the learning process. Don't give up!

:) Beth

Apologies for typos and poor grammar - not proofreading...
 
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Oh, and check out this Permies thread.
 
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