Wait a minute!!!!! What days do you candle the "lockdown" eggs on to hear for internal pips? And do you leave all the eggs in the bator, the incubating eggs that are on days 1-18 and the hatching eggs, days 18-21? And I've thought about misting with warm water, but then I read it was not good for eggs. Do you mist all the way through or just at the end or just the eggs that are getting ready to hatch? I have so many questions. I am going to think on this and post again tomorrow. But I would like to say if they had a blue ribbon icon, I would be giving you one.......let's see what they have that might work I like this one....KUDOS!!! How many years have you been hatching? How many times a day do you turn the eggs days 1-18?
Yes, I'm full of questions. I'm so intrigued. Ha, ha....I like this one for you too.
And I'm going to look into these woodstove pellets. How many weeks do you keep the chicks on them? I am so tired of the dust of the pine shavings and kicking it into the food and water so bad.
Thank you for the information.
I don't lockdown until I get internal pips. So when they are close to when they should be put on lockdown I listen to them real quick while I'm turning them, and candle a few of them. Once I've got a pip in one I quit turning all the eggs due with that one.
I turn the eggs 5 times a day, 3 if I'm busy or have eggs hatching and don't want to open the incubator too much. If I have a bunch hatching sometimes I won't turn them at all for a day.
As far as the woodpellets, I'm keeping them on them until they go outside. I have a brooder with a heat lamp outside and it's nice enough now I don't plan on keeping anyone inside longer than 2-3 weeks. I let everyone out during the day for a little bit to mingle, and start introducing them to the big girl coop at 8 weeks.
I've only been hatching since last summer, but have been hatching a lot or trying to the last few months. I think I've finally got what works for me down. Hope so, cause I'm getting more call duck eggs soon.