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I was wondering the same thing about the eyes and that's why I thought it may have needed longer turning, but on day 25 it was moving. We had the humidity steady at 55% until lock down when I increased it to 78% and temp was mainly @ 99.5. Turning we had the egg in a AET. From what I read people usually do not get past day 14 so when I got to day 25 I was so happy, but being my first hatch it was a huge disappointment. After much debate with others that incubate I am going to load up the incubator with more eggs and try again they said if I can get that far with a twin egg I should be able to do fine with regular eggs and lots of people have eggs that do not make it.


Edited by Ortiz5954 - 4/28/16 at 2:09pm
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I was wondering the same thing about the eyes and that's why I thought it may have needed longer turning, but on day 25 it was moving. We had the humidity steady at 55% until lock down when I increased it to 78% and temp was mainly @ 99.5. Turning we had the egg in a AET. From what I read people usually do not get past day 14 so when I got to day 25 I was so happy, but being my first hatch it was a huge disappointment. After much debate with others that incubate I am going to load up the incubator with more eggs and try again they said if I can get that far with a twin egg I should be able to do fine with regular eggs and lots of people have eggs that do not make it.

Oh I agree your next batch should be just fine.
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post #23 of 26
I've tried The automatic turner and I was able to make it to day 15. Then one by one they died off. Then I did some research even larger hatcheries will lay the eggs down and not keep them in or on a turner full term.

I have a ten times better hatching rate of my Duck eggs are laying down. Perhaps you may think about not using the turner up to a certain point for your ducks. Chickens can handle it and I think it's because they are smaller and have a shorter period. But I know ducks can handle it for so long before they seem to quit
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I've tried The automatic turner and I was able to make it to day 15. Then one by one they died off. Then I did some research even larger hatcheries will lay the eggs down and not keep them in or on a turner full term.

I have a ten times better hatching rate of my Duck eggs are laying down. Perhaps you may think about not using the turner up to a certain point for your ducks. Chickens can handle it and I think it's because they are smaller and have a shorter period. But I know ducks can handle it for so long before they seem to quit

I use automatic turners for incubation and then I have hatched both upright and lying down. Chicks hatch better upright but I had not noticed a difference with ducklings. I use trays for deviled eggs to keep them from rolling and I marked the air cell to keep them positioned correctly. I can fit more eggs in the hatching incubator upright so it usually depends on the size of my hatch. For upright hatching I use egg trays made to store eggs in the fridge.

I have had early hatches in the turners, due to eggs being started under hens before we collected them and wrote a due date on them based on the day they went into the incubator. I usually lock down in a hatching incubator with a slightly lower temperature and higher humidity.
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I've tried The automatic turner and I was able to make it to day 15. Then one by one they died off. Then I did some research even larger hatcheries will lay the eggs down and not keep them in or on a turner full term.

I have a ten times better hatching rate of my Duck eggs are laying down. Perhaps you may think about not using the turner up to a certain point for your ducks. Chickens can handle it and I think it's because they are smaller and have a shorter period. But I know ducks can handle it for so long before they seem to quit

That is very interesting because a few of them we thought we had going good died off one by one also around that time.Think I will try that seeing that you and Duck Drover had better rates hatching flat.Thx!
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That is very interesting because a few of them we thought we had going good died off one by one also around that time.Think I will try that seeing that you and Duck Drover had better rates hatching flat.Thx!
Don't get me wrong I still used the turner the only difference I taped the eggs to it. Lol. Yes I kept them in laying down position but tape both sides so they don't fall off the turner. This works great.
Edited by Lacrystol - 4/29/16 at 8:37am
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