When our Muscovy hen laid her eggs this spring and began setting, I took nine of her eggs to put in the incubator.
First, is my duck capable of hatching eggs? She sat on three clutches last year, and only hatched two ducklings from 53 eggs.
And second, are our chicken eggs fertile? My rooster isn't a spring chicken anymore.
Before Mama Duck came back, I quickly checked the rest of the chicken eggs but didn't see any signs of pipping yet. I gathered up the tiny little fluffy baby and took it in the house. Chicken eggs hatch after 21 days, while Muscovy eggs take 35 days, so I'd already planned to adopt her chickbabies. I don't want her to be distracted by the chicks before her ducklings [hopefully] hatch.
I moved the duck pair to a new, smaller, off the ground coop this winter, so I'm hoping that the problem might have been solved.
And obviously our chicken eggs are fertile too.
Now we wait for ducklings. The eggs in the incubator will hopefully hatch any day now, and Mama Duck's babies are due in about a week.
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