Duck Only Sitting On Eggs At Night


I have a white Pekin duck(female) amd a brown male duck of unknown origin. The female recently layed 9 eggs in a nest she made in the doghouse. She sits on them every night but goes away in the day. Is there any chance of the eggs hatching? I think it is odd that she only sits on them at night, she goes and does other things in the day.
If you could please help it would be very appreciated. Veronica

Hi Veronica,
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.
My initial thoughts are that the eggs probably won’t hatch if she is only sitting on them at night as they will be too cold during the day.
How long have the eggs been there, because if it is under a week then she may decide to sit on them full time and eggs can be stored for up to a week before incubation. Is she also still laying eggs in this nest because if she is it maybe that she hasn’t finished laying the clutch that she wants.
If the eggs have been there for less than a week then is it possible to stop your duck from leaving the doghouse and then she may sit on the eggs all day and night. If you are not able to do this and you think that the eggs maybe fertile and that they are less than a week old then you could try incubating them in an incubator or under a broody hen if you have one or know someone who has one who would oblige.
I hope this information is useful. Let me know what you decide.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

If anyone has any experience of ducks only sitting at night then please leave a comment.