I hadn't planned on having new ducklings, but my pekin duck was determined.
We lost our drake suddenly last week and I'm still mourning him. We only had the 2 adult Pekins. They have been perfect for well over a year. I believe a hawk killed him and got a chicken at the same time. My drake had become quite protective of his mate.
So these precious duckling eggs are very important to us.
I kept my female in an extra large covered crate to sit on her eggs. I let her out several times per day and put my drake in with her at night.
I candled eggs and saw movement today. Yesterday I moved the interior nest box and the eggs fell and 6 of 8 had cracks. No membranes broke and I melted clear wax over breaks in hopes of saving them. Everything was fine and momma didn't notice that I could tell. She is very tame and waits for me to pick her up, eats out of my hand, and trusts me with her nest. This morning all was well. This afternoon I went to let her out again and she had opened 2 eggs. I saw blood, ducklings with feathers that looked almost done and one was moving. Both ended up dying. One of those eggs didn't have wax or cracks. I cant believe she did this... I removed the other 6 eggs and put on a heating pad under a glass bowl with a wet rag inside for humidity. I bought an incubator and turned it on to warm up. I gave my female warm chicken eggs to sit on.
I'm afraid of killing these last 6. I'm sick about cracking the eggs and feel awful. I need the best chance for these guys. I am unsure of exact hatch date. Any advice on humidity levels and temperature? To turn or not to turn? I read the instructions and didn't get an auto turner, but want the safest most effective way to save these guys.
TIA and I apologize for this long rambling post.
I have tons of chickens and wasn't prepared for this....