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Just makng sure: if duck eggs aren't in a nest, they're unfertilized, right?

We're at a duck pond and DD is asking me to take a bunch of eggs she sees. No ducks are guarding hem and some are in the water. It's safe to say they're "empty", right?

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Asked by jus1jess at 11:53 AM on May. 5, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Nope. Only the female duck knows if they are fertilized eggs. Eggs can only be fertilized one at a time with poultry or fowl. If these ducks are allowed to do their thing, I would assume all these eggs are loaded. Leave them alone.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:59 AM on May. 5, 2010

  • Why would you want to take a duck's eggs anyway? Just because the duck isnt sitting on them doesnt mean they are unfertilized. I think you should leave nature in its place.

    Answer by lisa89j at 11:59 AM on May. 5, 2010

  • Don't touch them! Teach your child not to touch them! That's terrible. Teach her to appreciate things like that by looking on quietly. Don't destroy it.

    Answer by mompam at 12:02 PM on May. 5, 2010

  • the mom may be away for some reason and come back later or she could be right around the corner and if she sees you messing anywhere near the nest she may attack. Plese just leave them alone. The same goes for baby birds that fall out of tree nests, the mom WILL find them and rescue them.

    Answer by Vins_mom09 at 12:24 PM on May. 5, 2010

  • its best not to touch anything that belongs to a bird. they get really defensive of their young,even if they arent born. and theyre not necessarily empty

    Answer by loves_her_baby at 5:31 PM on May. 5, 2010

  • You can sometimes tell by holding a flashlight up to them, but it would depend upon how far along in the development process they are. Not being in a nest is not indicative of being unfertilized. I would leave them be.

    Answer by lvpenguino at 6:13 PM on May. 5, 2010

  • we have duck eggs in our front yard and we have not touched them but some of the neighborhood kids walking through our yard have. now she won't sit on them it's really sad.

    Answer by evilangel23 at 8:42 PM on May. 6, 2010

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