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By dangerboy, Jan 11, 2012 | |
  1. dangerboy
    Hi, I Have questions about hatching Mallard duck eggs. I witnessed a Female duck get spooked out of her nest and two red tailed Hawks teamed up on her and got her. I looked under the bush from which she came and sure enough 12 eggs. I carefully took them into my warm car and drove to Farm & fleet to get an incubator. I got them set up in the back bedroom of my house. I saw that they were fertile when I candled them. they all had red veins and were about 2/3rds of the egg full minus the air cell. I turned them 5 times a day and misted them once a day. The eggs looked full yesterday and the light only shown through in the air cell. Because I don't know when the incubation was started by the mother my guess is that they should be near hatching because the eggs are now dark when I candle them. I stopped turning them when I saw that the eggs were full. I had read that they fill up fast and then get ready for hatching and that you are to stop turning them the last three days. I have not seen any sigh of piping into the air cell. I am worried that I am going to screw this up. Let me know if you think I am on the right track. I know the eggs would have died if I would have left them alone.

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