Originally Posted by scflock
I have a badge, so I can do this.
Just dropped in to say:
Leave that bird alone. She'll introduce them to you when she's done This one just felt good
Gets a badge and narcissism level goes up... typical...
Originally Posted by RubyNala97
I'm prepared to do my homework all winter. I've decided that's what's going to get me through my winter blues. I have a question for you. I spoke to a call duck breeder and he knows the breeder I'm getting the eggs from and said she's excellent BUT sq call eggs have about 60-70% fertility, then take into account a 50% hatch rate on shipped and I'd be lucky to get 1 or 2 out of a dozen. So...do you think this is probably true and if so, should I get 2 dozen eggs?
Awesome!! I'm hoping to have a good breeding set up by spring!
It's not the fertility that is an issue in SQ, it's the hatchability that is harder... think I invented a new word there...
Anyways, the closer to SQ you get with Calls the shorter their bill is... this is the biggest issue with hatching them as many can't pip externally cuz their bill is too short...
Get as many eggs as you can afford within reason and keep your expectations lower than anything else you have hatched... getting a single shipped Call to hatch successfully is a major accomplishment...
Calls are not for the faint of heart in incubating... it is super hard, very stressful and will make you absolutely insanely crazy...
But it is also absolutely worth it...
Congratulations!! It's about time!!
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
Ya did GOOD!!! Very fitting parade!!!
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I agree with the natural bloom being the best... but like in Megan's case, she got nasty eggs. It just seems like there should be something
that we could use.
I want to research the stuff that Walnut mentioned further.
Instead of using anything, personally I would just scrape off what I could dry and set... I had gotten a bunch of OEGB eggs last Spring from a guy who was selling off his dad's flocks... eggs were in bad shape since he didn't collect them and we had a freeze right before... I washed half and scraped the other half... my hatches came from the scraped eggs and all the washed quit in stages up to lockdown...
ETA: and I see WV swiped the 25k post without anyone noticing... Edited by RavynFallen - 10/6/15 at 1:02pm