Well, 4 out of 10 hatched. One needing a LOT of assistance, but seems to be doing fine. He was really small and gangly and dried crusted. We bathed him and put him under the heat lamp and he seems to be doing great. He's growing at a good rate, but still smaller than the 3 girls.
I started with 13 eggs, culled 4 throughout the process and figure for my first hatch 4/10 final ducklings wasn't bad. Ended up with 3 females and 1 male - also a pretty good ratio I think (as long as I sexed them correctly lol).
Now the next question... lol I have nine adults that go in a small 8x10 barn at night. It has a loft full of hay and a generous layer of bedding hay on the floor. When can I get these little guys outside with their parents? They are a week and a half and going through a quart of water a day each. Im washing the brooder and bedding daily. I just switched them from rubber cupboard liner (it was washable and I figured a good item to use) to wood chips to help with the mess and odor. We can't heat the barn with a lamp because of how low the loft is. While it is in the 60s during the day, it does get low 40s at night. I just wonder at what age the adults heat would sufficiently keep the ducklings warm. Or even when I could start acclemating them outside for a few hours during the day with the adults.
I do have 6 female adults and 3 males. Will the males show aggression with them being young?
Also, would bringing one of my females in to introduce them initially be a good or bad idea? I have and old timey cement shower in the basement, I use the stall as a brooder, So there would be sufficient room.
I think thats all I have for now. Sorry about all the questions. I just want to make sure I do everything to the best of my ability.