Hello everyone! So yes I am the preschool teacher that is in over her head!! :(
Let me start out by saying I have two beautiful girls one is 12 and the other 8, and we bought them baby ducks two years ago from Tractor supply. We bought six not knowing what sex any of them were or even what type of ducks they were. Since then we have figured out they are Khaki Campbell Ducks and we have three males and three females and they get along great!!
To make a long story short I had a parent who owns chickens ask if we would like to use their incubator to try and hatch some baby chicks(from them) and even some baby ducks(from my girls and I....) So of course being a teacher I said sure, it will be a great learning experience!! NOPE.... it hasn't been!! Out of all the chicks we ended up with 0 after candling them twice.... as we followed directions, and out of 6 duck eggs we ended up with three that had actually taken. After 29 days we have had two in the same day pip through and one hatched all on it's own and is doing GREAT!! The other one that had piped made it half way out of the shell and unfortunately died. :( I am so grateful it this has been over vacation!!!!!! Because I am an emotional mess, I don't even want to think how the little ones would have been!!
The last egg is still in the incubator and doesn't seem to be doing anything at all... My questions are these: What am I going to do if this is the only one that hatches out of the three? Can I put it in with our two year old flock which would be it's mothers and fathers or at the least related? (Not sure if this like humans and would be incest??....) of course after it was old enough to go in with them. Will my flock even accept it? If not the family with the chickens said that they would take it but I am worried that they will put it in with their chickens and I don't know if you can mix chickens and ducks first of all and second wouldn't the chickens be mean to it?? My final question is how long is too long to leave the last egg in the incubator?
Sorry for so many questions... Yes I'm in over my head.,,,, Yes I should have did my homework before even starting a project like this, so please don't judge because trust me it won't happen again, I have learned my lesson.... it's too devastating and I'm not cut out for it!! Kudos to all of you that are and can!!
Thank you for any and all feedback!! <3