Originally Posted by OldMissionChick
I dont know and thats whats frustrating. We have 3 Rouen (2 hens 1 drake), 2 Peking (1 hen 1 drake) & 2 Khaki Campbell's (both drakes) and are now 7 months old. They get feed, kitchen / table scraps, fresh fruits & veggies as well as free ranged all day up until last Saturday when a fox was just feet from the run. They started laying at 5 - 5 1/2 months.
The first batch I tried was 36 eggs only because no one wanted to sit. I knew a few were older than 10 days but hoped for something. 5 ended up cracking a few I saw movement but none hatched. I had the temp at 101-102 and humidity was a bit harder to control because air humidity was 80-100% but in the incubator I was able to keep it more around 40-45%. Air cells all appeared to develop normal.
This batch was 34, 18 from our ducks and 16 from a friend. I kept the temp 100-101 and humidity 35-45%. Of those 14 were duds, 13 I am sure were quitters, 3 looked like they were developing but no movement and 4 I saw movement up until when I candled Monday. One looked like it had an internal pip with its foot (pictured earlier) and the shell turned dark. Tonight at 10pm starts day 28 so maybe something will happen. And their air cells look good too.
I hope something good is going on for you today. I'm at a loss with your issues! Seems like you are doing all right. It could just be a case of the parent stock...
Originally Posted by rossfam06
Crap. I forgot they were duck eggs. Not sure what the humidity needs to be. But if the air cells looked good you would think they were okay. Did you mist the eggs??I read some where that with duck eggs you need to mist them. Is that true WV??
Misting isn't necessary, but some recommend it. I didn't do it. Its only recommended for days 7-25 I think. I'd have to look that up again.
Originally Posted by RubyNala97
Trust me, I know how hard it is!!! This should work. You'll get a peek and then if all looks good move on to the next egg. If one doesn't look right, pick it up and take a better peek. But it really is a good way to candle, hands off. For those of us that just have to look!
That's what I did with my last batch and it did satisfy my urge. With the rails on the Brinsea, it was too hard to pull them in and out, and worked fine just leaving them there.
Missed lazy's question... I have not rotated the axis, but have thought about it. I actually think I will do that next time I hatch.