Originally Posted by Purpletie3
Congrats on your hatch! That is great.
I have good luck with my staggered hatches and have been doing it for about a year now. I collect eggs for a week or so. But, keep them in a cool/dark area and rotate them 3 times a day. I just put them in cartons and throw a book under one side, then rotate and turn them to the other side. I like to set them weekly to hatch at night...LOL
Are you using a brinsea cabinet? Does it have a hatching area in it? The only thing i run into is humidity, I have to hatch at a low humidity as to not spoil the bunch also turn the cooling cycle off.
Let me know how it works for you! Best of luck with this new adventure.
Prior to my last setting, I did like you, rotating the eggs several times a day and keeping them in a cool dark place. Today's setting, however, is made up of eggs with every reason to fail. I have just placed 83 eggs in my Brinsea cabinet (Ova 100), which is every egg my birds laid over the last 24 days. They weren't turned, or kept at an angle.
My cabinet does not have a hatching area, however, the trays which hold the eggs have a top which prevents the chicks from getting out.
I don't use the cooling cycle at this point. I have had mixed comments about it (some say use it, others say don't). I think I will try using it a little later in the year when all other issues are more ideal.
Originally Posted by butterfliesdoku
This is my first time doing duck eggs so I'm not sure what they are supposed to look like but 6 were developing along nicely out of 12 set. One of those 6 though has more room in the egg than the others so I think it may be a late quitter? Not sure. How long after hatch day is recommended to leave duck eggs in?
I have never done duck eggs, but unless the chick has pipped before the end of Day 21, I find that keeping eggs in the incubator longer rarely results in a robust chick.