Hello just thought I would share put some duck eggs in the incubator after my duck margo decided she didnt want to sit on them. 5 eggs turned out to be candled. Out of 12 and two have started hatching theres little holes in two eggs and they are cheaping away. Its all so exciting fingers crossed they will be ok. Its all so amazing hopefully ill be grandma duckie lol Em
ducks hatching(13 posts)
Wonderful news and we all get so excited about a hatch do hope you will be grandma to more of happy ducklings .Well done Mama :)Goose Girl
Hi Em ,how are things going with the hatch.Just a thought it will be getting colder now in your part of the country but sure you will have a brooder and everything set up to care for the new born ducklings and it will be a lot of work for you in the coming months .Hope all goes well and please let us know .MamaGoose Girl
Hello been so busy been running to peer through the clear bit of the incubater every 5mins its so nerve racking then had to do a late shift at work left my other half in charge. Came home to find two have completely hatched a full black one and a black and yellow one they are so cute and little. Nothing happening yet with other 3 eggs. The two have hatched completley and are appear happy and are cheaping away.
Yes it is turning cold over here now though we have had 4 days of beautiful weather really warm. We have a big woodern frame with news paper covered with shavings and straw with a heat lamp square pad that they can sit under which we can alter the legs as they grow. If it does turn really cold we will keep them in our kitchen and gradually let them out so they get used to weather once they have feathers. ( sorry re spelling am rubbish at it ) its all so exciting. And such a new experiance hopefully doing everything right hard work but so worth it Em
Wow, this is so exciting. Wishing for the best for your little duckies.
Your weather sounds a lot like ours here in New Jersey on the East Coast of the USA.
I have had ducks trying to make nests, but then giving up only to start again a few days later. It has been really odd with the weather. I think they are all so confused.
Anyway, I wish you the very best. Hoping the other three do well.
Congrats on the hatch. The ducklings sound very cute. good luck with the other eggs.
I noticed that you mention you have newspaper with shavings on top in the brooder. I would avoid newspaper if you can, alternatives are if you have some corrugated cardboard or an old towel or old piece of carpet under the shavings. the newspaper may give them splayed legs as it's slippy and even though it's under the shavings the ducklings will move the shavings about. Hope you don't mind me mentioning it.
Sara @ farmingfriends
I agree with Sara and the ink is bad for them to it will go soggy and end up in their drinking water and foodmo x
Hello thanks for the advice I will look for some cardboard at work today im sure we have plenty of the stuff. If not ill dig out an old towel any advice is brill. The two little duckies are still ok making plenty of nosie in the incubator the other eggs still not doing anything so unsure on them. Ill load a pic on face book if I can as no idea on how to do it on here lol
yes I can imagine the ducks are confused as its been raining cold misrable over the summer but now its warm and no clouds and record braking tempertures. They have then given coldest winter out for 40years apprently so who knows never mind there confused.Em
Thanks sara for posting the pic that was them yesterday at a few hours old took through plastic of incubator so not brilliant as didnt want to disturb them. They have been trasferes to brooder now after 24 hours in incubator to dry out. They are the cutest funny little things could and do spend hours watching them.
No sign of anything from other three eggs so will leave them a couple of days and if not well will have to get rid which is a shame and disapointing but my beautiful two make up for it. Cant believe how tiny they are its all so exciting sorry for waffling on. EM
Hello, I'm about to hatch ducklings in my classroom but as the children are about to have a weeks holiday I'm going to have to unplug the incubator about 2 days after the eggs have gone in so I can take the incubator home and then again a week Later to bring them back to school. This is the only solution I can think of in order to keep an eye on the temp and humidity. I only live about a 3/4 min drive from the school. Can anyone give me any advice on whether this will be ok or not? I don't know what else to do, thanks
You say you only live 3/4 min drive away so that isn't far at all, so as long as the incubator is not switched off for too long and the temp and humidity don't drop too much then it may be ok, hard to say for certain. You could wrap the incubator in a towel so the temp doesn't drop too much.
Another thing to watch is the environment you are moving the incubator too in your house may have a different temp to the classroom so this may affect the incubator.
Good luck with moving the incubator and the hatch. Let us know how you get on.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Much of the information available on incubating and hatching chicken eggs can be applied to ducks, as long as the important differences between these two species are taken into account. Since duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, setting trays must be designed to accommodate their larger size. Eggs from common ducks like Perkins require 28 days to hatch. Eggs from Muscovy ducks hatch in about 35 days after setting. When larger numbers of duck eggs are to be hatched, large commercial incubators (setters) and hatches are normally used. Perkin duck eggs are kept in a setter for 25 days and then transferred on the 25th day to a hatchet where they remain until they hatch on the 28th day. Eggs are automatically turned while in the setter (usually hourly). It is not necessary to turn eggs in the hatchet. Basic procedures and conditions for hatching duck eggs are as follows.
Proper Water Loss During Incubation.
If eggs are stored for a while before they are set, they should be stored at a temperature and humidity level that will minimize deterioration of the egg. For a small number of eggs, storage in a cellar may suffice. Whenever possible, store eggs at about 55°F (13°C) and 75% of relative humidity. Store eggs small end down.
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