My duck is laying and want to candle.

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My duck is laying and want to candle.

Postby Jake.alsop » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:39 am

So I got 2 ducks at the end of February. They are buff Orpington X Blue sweed. The hen has laid about 10 eggs in the garden from what I can see. I want to candle them, but I'm also worried that she will reject that egg if I do. My main question is can I touch them or not?
Im sure they are fertilised because I have caught them mating a few times even though it's the wrong season. If anyone can help that would be awesome.
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Re: My duck is laying and want to candle.

Postby Jake » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:52 pm

Yeah mate, go nuts. Make sure that your light isn't hot. Candling is best done after a week of incubation. You should be able to see some decent blood vessels and maybe an embryo - don't remove more than a couple of eggs at a time. It might be easier to candle outside at night time. Discard everything that's not fertile

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