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Roughly around April 18 my sister found a duck and 13 eggs on our boat, the thing is it was getting sold. So I became the mother duck's friend and I went out everyday feeding her and slowly she began letting me pet her and she even sat on my lap. Now due to the boat getting sold my grandparents decided to get her off the boat on Sunday. So May 10 and we set up a whole new nest with shelter and everything, Benedict (the mother duck haha) needed. Everyday I've checked on the nest and she is nowhere to be seen and because the boat isn't there anymore I think she's gotten confused. So it's now 4 days later and she hasn't returned at all and only had 6 eggs left. I decided to hatch the eggs myself and I set up an incubator, but I'm unsure whether these embryos have survived without their mother for four days. Two eggs had brown/yellow liquid leaking out of the shell and I tried candling them and I see veins and a dark shadow, but no movement. So are these eggs going to hatch and survive or is it too late??
If liquid is seeping out of the eggs it appears the birds inside have died and the eggs are rotting now. I do not think they have survived and they should be thrown away if the smell from the liquid is really bad the babies inside are dead.
I was incubating three duck eggs in the sun. I checked after thirty minutes and I felt the egg. It was a bit hot. Not that hot, but it's like just a bit hot. I quickly transferred the three eggs to another cool dry place. Will the ducklings inside the egg die? I hope not.
Please do not attempt to incubate eggs by using the sun or any other means besides an incubator set to the proper temperature and humidity levels. The warmth of the sun may start development of the ducklings, but inconsistencies in temperature will cause them to die. Incubation is a very exacting process requiring precise temperature, regular turning of the eggs and proper moisture levels, especially for ducks. If these are wild duck eggs, it is also not lawful to possess them. Duck eggs that you find "abandoned" are usually just the beginning of a duck's nest before she has laid them all. The eggs are left exposed to the elements during this time and seem abandoned, but she will return once a day to lay another egg until she has a full clutch and will then begin incubating them. Removing eggs that she has already laid will disrupt the nesting process. It may be well-meaning to attempt to hatch them on your own, but is doomed to failure without the proper equipment and knowledge.
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.
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.
I'm on day 27 of incubating mallard eggs. I've been turning them 1/2 turn, 3 times a day. Tonight I could hear them peeping a bit. I turned them about 40 minutes ago.
i would leave them be-you could call your local humane society and ask a vet's opinion
I agree. Leave them be and don't fret, nature will take its course now. Let us know how they are.
Leave them alone. I think they will hatch soon.
It is possible that some of them will hatch but probably not all of the chicks will survive. It seems the 25 days is a crucial time and eggs should not be turned after that - too bad you found this out too late but maybe you will still have good luck.
One hatched and came out jumping around and super strong. Another one hatched early this morning and appeared very weak.
I am incubating duck eggs. Firstly I have an egg with two embryos in it. Any advise on the best course of action as I'd love them both to survive? Also should I spray and cool my eggs now? It's day 11, if so to what degree do I cool them down?
According to this article, the eggs should be turned a minimum of 4 times a day. The temperature should be 99 degrees F and the humidity 84%. It should be kept like this for 25 days. I read nothing about cooking off the eggs day 11. Cornell university should have reliable information. ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/
First, the sad news, the chances of both "embryos" surviving is highly unlikely. There is barely enough room for one baby duckling in an egg once it reaches the halfway point in the incubation process. Next, are you candling the egg and seeing the yolk sac? The yolk is not the embryo. Eggs should be kept at about 99 degrees and moderate to high humidity, but only need to be turned twice a day as a minimum.
Post back what happened. It is probably too late for any advice but I am praying for the eggs!!
I have 2 female Muscovy ducks who are "free" in our barn (with other chickens). I would like to move some eggs the next time they lay and transfer them to an incubator. The incubator is at a school which is 30 minutes from my farm. How can I successfully move them? Keep them wrapped in a warm towel?
A warm towel should keep them warm until you get there
By Becky from NJ
When I was young, we also incubated eggs of all kinds. Usually, they completely filled the egg. You can also stick the egg next to a light or candle, and see how it looks inside.