I have 5 duck eggs (1 Jumbo pekin, 1 welsh harlequin, 2 white crested, & 1 cayuga) in my incubator. It has been 31 days and they have not hatched. I am trying to be patient but I no longer see movement in 2 of the eggs. I am using a new incubator this year (Brinsea mini advanced). Any suggestions? I would hate to loose all the ducklings.
HELP - My eggs have been in the incubator for 31 days and have not hatched.
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When was the last candling? Had they internally pipped then? What temp did you set the incubator to at lock down? Have you done anything since lock down?
I have been holding a flashlight on the outside of the incubator to see movement. I opened the incubator today and candled them. Two with movement have internally pipped. One has not. The other two without movement - I am pretty sure one internally pipped the other did not. I have the incubator set at 99.4 degrees. I am worried the humidity is not high enough. I placed a wet sponge in the incubator this morning. I have read about making a small hole in the egg but I don't want to harm the duckling.
Okay. Is it a still air incubator or forced air?
I've been advised to always drop the temperature for hatching by a few degrees, so I'm worried that 99.4 might have been high for hatching. Humidity from just a sponge may not have been enough. I've read of some folks using entire face cloths on the bottom on their incubators (more surface area, better evaporation) to get the humidity high enough for duck eggs. Did the window fog over with moisture when you went into lock down?
Not sure on the others but it doesn't sound promising, maybe someone else has another idea.