I have been asked what is the incubation period for pekin ducks.
Hi, I just wanted to ask about my peking duck. She has become broody and is laying on her eggs, but I am unsure how long the incubation of these are.
Pekin duck eggs take 28 days to hatch from time of incubation. If your duck is still laying eggs then she won’t start to incubate the eggs until she has laid a clutch of eggs which could be 6-12 eggs.
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I was delighted to receive a photograph of Carolyn’s four khaki campbell ducklings that hatched from the hatching duck eggs that I sent her from my gaggle of khaki campbell ducks and drake.
Attached a pic of the wee fellows outside the other day in their run. They love it out there in the sun.
Carolyn and family xx
Carolyn's Four Khaki Campbell Ducklings
My ducks love to sit in the sun, these ducklings are obviously a chip off the old block!
Carolyn bought 6 khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching from me back in mid March and they hatched over the Easter weekend much to the delight of her family.
Completely forgot to let you know in all our excitement about our ducklings that hatched on Friday….4 little ducklings, successfully broke out….. we are thrilled with the 4 we do have! Best Easter present ever and its my birthday tomorrow too!! Carolyn xx
I am thrilled that the eggs successfully hatched and it is truely a delight to see the ducklings and hear about their progress. Thanks for sharing the photo of your khaki campbell ducklings Carolyn.
I recently received an email from Terry asking if his White Campbell duck was likely to sit on her eggs until they hatched, as he had been told that they are not good sitters.
I have 2 white campbell ducks m+f, the female is sitting on 10 eggs, what are the chances of her seeing the eggs through to hatching? i am asking this as I was told Campbells do not hatch their eggs very often,as they were developed as egg layers. Is this true?
Many thanks Terry
I am afraid that I don’t have experience of ducks incubating eggs myself but I have been reading Starting With Ducks by Katie Thear who says,”Domestic ducks are not generally regarded as good mothers, although my experience, they are better from their second year. Even some of my khaki Campbells acquitted themselves well, but refused to consider making nests anywhere other than under the hedge in the field.” She goes on to say that “A broody duck will sit tight on her nest, hissing at anyone who tries to dieturb her. She is less likely to be put off if she is reasonably tame.”
I think that I would make sure that your duck is protected from predators and that she is not disturbed by anything if that is possible, so that she is not inclined to leave her nest un-necessarily. I would also try to get an incubator organised (if you have one or know someone who does) and on standby because if she does leave the nest for more than the usual stretch of the legs and drink/feed then you have an alternative way of hatching the eggs. You could also see if anyone you know has a broody hen and then if your duck decides to leave the eggs you could put them under a broody hen as they generally have good success rates at hatching eggs.
I hope this information is helpful.
Sara from farmingfriends
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