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I talked to the Hatchery and she said she had the same issue I had in my incubators. They our a pain. She said to save and regroup and invest in a descent incubators that more reliable. Brisela one not sure if the spelling is right. She said they give better results. Then styrofoam or sensitive incubators. She said her eggs would all die within two weeks due to spikes and changes in them.in her styrofoam one. It makes to many hot and cold spots.
You received that information here weeks ago.
A hatchery would not use styrofoam incubators.
Brinsea incubators are very reliable.
All incubators require fairly consistent environmental conditions. No direct sun. No strong breeze. No exposure to rain. You can spend $1000+ on an incubator and still fail to hatch with bad environmental conditions.
The exact room temperature is not critical, but can't be above incubation temperature nor too far below incubation temperature so that the heating element can maintain proper heat.
Edited by WalnutHill - 5/24/16 at 7:01am
Leave the duck alone and let her do it!
The point is, other than provide a dry, shaded, uninfested place for the duck to brood, there is nothing else for you to do. She will warm the eggs when they are cool, cool the eggs when they are warm, provide humidity, and provide protection. Give her a place similar to a dog house raised off the ground in a sheltered, shaded place and leave her alone.
Tracy is your blind duck actually broody, or does she just sit because she is blind?
Even in very cold climates, you should not need to add heat or humidity for a duck to help her incubate eggs. She will control her own body temperature and humidity. If you have her in a dog house, all you really need to do is make sure nothing can get to her. Mine is now sitting on eggs, on the ground, under a 3-sided shelter with a roof. It has not front, she is not completely closed in. But it is within a fence and she is safe. She can get up when she need to.
Also, if you talk to her softly as you walk up to her, she will not get as scared. It is very normal for ducks to be cautious of humans.
This is all she has, so you do not need to go overboard or spend a bunch of money. Predator protection is the most she needs from you.