Hatching Duck Eggs in an Incubator

My two female ducks just started laying in the coop. It is winter in Kansas. I would like to gather them and put them in an incubator to hatch. However, by the time I get to the coop in the mornings to gather the eggs they are very cold. I immediately bring them into the house, but will they incubate and hatch since they were cold for several hours?

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April 8, 20160 found this helpful
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If you have a male duck, the eggs should be fertile. And, yes, the eggs if incubated before they are 7-14 days old should be viable. Being cold for several hours will not hurt them, unless they were frozen. A mother duck lays one egg each day for a week or two until she is satisfied with how many eggs she has. She will not sit on them until she is ready to incubate. During this time of egg laying the eggs are warmed and cooled by the duck coming and going and they are fine.

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January 1, 20160 found this helpful

No. The eggs must be kept at a constant temperature and turned sometimes. Can you trick one of your ducks into laying on a warm heating pad?

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I wonder why the ducks aren't sitting on the eggs to keep them warm. They're supposed to do this.

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