Originally Posted by Iain Utah
I know! And I think back to my 1st time hatching. I hatched 8 of 11 and sold 5 thinking I'd easily hatch more. Then, out of the next 19 eggs I hatch one. And now I'm down to 1 of 4 with my last set. I give up and will be happy with my threesome.
you have better luck than me!
My second hatch was a nightmare compared to my first. I think it is a beginners luck thing. First time hatchers are so much less compelled to help... or improve on a process that's already working.
Of course, once I got brave enough to hatch shipped eggs... well, that may have helped the downgrade in hatch rate. But I have a set of penciled runners and a set of saxony that I wouldn't have had if I hadn't bought shipped eggs. I need to get some more bei eggs because I've only got a single baby (dummie that I am, I presold the others without accounting for my keepers).
Still trying for that elusive silkie duck. I sure hope one or three of the little boogers hatch for me soon.
Originally Posted by DutchChic
Well, egg #1 that I opened, died. When I did my eggtopsy, I discovered the other side of his head was mishapen. He never peeped or anything, so I thought that was odd, and wasn't suprised when he died. Still a bummer though. He wasn't sticky wet or sticky dry, so my incubation parameters are good. Egg #2 that was shadowing is still in the hatcher and still alive. I checked #3 and it quit sometime today. So....I have one egg going for this hatch. I'm baffled by the whole deal, but some of the changes I made did make a difference with this batch.
The next batch I have due on the 14th has done well the whole way through. I've had 8 eggs all along, without a loss. The difference is the changes I made were put into affect only a few days after I set them. Maybe they will do better.
Sounds like it's best that #1 didn't make it. I only eggtopsy to make sure that duckling is dead. Once I assess that, it's as far as I want to go.
I've got one batch that I'm hand-turning right now, not because I wanted to experiment, but because I ran out of room in bator 1 and bator 2. So little hatcher is now acting as bator 3 and I'm hatching with Hercules (for those who missed it, hubby named the new hatcher).
I keep seeing great deals on call duck eggs, but I don't know if I could handle trying to hatch another breed of duck with notoriously bad hatch rates. The elusive silkie duck is still calling to me... (mind you, I could probably make the 2-day drive to Holderreads and get my own without the hatching stress, but that wouldn't be nearly as fun)...