35 Eggs in One Duck Nest?

This is my first time caring for ducks. We have 1 female and 2 males. We were excited when we found our first egg. We wanted to have little ducklings, and are learning the process. We have now counted 35 eggs in her nest. What do I do?


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April 12, 20211 found this helpful

A female can't lay more than an egg at day, and generally an egg takes no more than 30 days to hatch when properly incubated -- so chances are that many if not most of your eggs are not viable. Without more details about her behavior and your setup it's hard to say what's going on, but the general rule of thumb is that ducks like to mind their own business. (A female duck doesn't need a male duck in order to lay eggs, but without him those eggs will not hatch.)

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April 12, 20210 found this helpful

There are people who would purchase the eggs from you, there is a market for them. I have a neighbor that sells Duck eggs.


They have many, and they sell them $6 a dozen. The other , is to wait to see if they hatch and sell Ducklings to potential buyers.

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April 12, 20211 found this helpful

You dont have to do anything. The duck will sit on the eggs when the time is right and they will hatch.

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April 13, 20210 found this helpful

Judy is correct.
Just leave the nest alone and see what happens as it appears some of the eggs are too old to hatch but the female will take care of her eggs.
She will stay on the eggs if they are still good for hatching.
If she abandons them it means she does not think they will hatch.
The more you mess around the eggs the less she will take care of them.


If she leaves them then it may be best to throw them away unless you plan to eat them and then you would have to check each egg individually to see if it is still good to eat.

Are your ducks in a pen or free range?
If she leaves the nest then she'll start a new nest if space is available.

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