Thursday, May 10, 2012

Candling the Duck Eggs with Meaghan: Video, May 5, 2012

Hello, friends. This is Meaghan, again. This time I am reporting about our duck's eggs.

Today, we candled one of the eggs in the Mallard nest. In the video, you see the outline of the duckling (or hatchling, as some people like to call it.)  It is the dark area inside the egg. The light area is the air sac. We think the eggs are about 18 days old as you can compare to the picture on the right.

Like before, my Mom and I took the egg into the bathroom, where it is the darkest. We shut off the lights and used a strong flashlight to see inside the egg. It was hard to take a video that you can see. It is hard to hold the camera still and hold the egg safely, too. I used the camera and Mom held the egg. We could definitely see lots of development compared to the last time we checked the eggs. (You can compare this video with our last pictures HERE.) Because the hatching should happen soon, between days 22-28, we will check the nest often so we can bring the duckling inside with us.

I think we are going to keep at least 3 of the new ducks, all females. The others will be sold to other people who want to raise ducks, too. I wish we could keep them all!

Thank you for reading my blog and watching my video!
Meaghan Sanders

Also shared with The HomeAcre Hop! & Farm Girl Blog Fest #15 & Farm Girl Friday #91


  1. Great job Meaghan, this is so exciting! Looking forward to seeing how they progress.

  2. That's so interesting! I'd love to have ducks one day! *sigh*

    Thanks for sharing on Farm Girl Blog Fest #15!

    Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

  3. Can't wait to see your baby ducks! Thank's for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!