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    Incubator dead. Can't replace till Tuesday. Will my eggs be ok?

    Update so far. I have the eggs under an electric brooder hen and when I candled them last night they were ALL moving like mad! I'm surprised and delighted. I don't trust the thermometer which is telling me that the heat is too low but they feel very warm to me and I don't want to up it anymore...
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    Incubator dead. Can't replace till Tuesday. Will my eggs be ok?

    Thanks for your replies. I can get hold of a light bulb but don't have access to a thermometer. Although I can ring around and see if one of my neighbours has one...away to do that too. I'm relieved to hear that humidity might not be an issue. They are in the kitchen which tends to be quite...
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    Incubator dead. Can't replace till Tuesday. Will my eggs be ok?

    Hiya, I had 6 eggs in my mini incubator at 8 days. The incubator died and was cold for a number of hours, but I stuck the eggs on a hotwater bottle wrapped in a towel, with a fleece jumper above to warm them up again, and when I candled last night there was movement in 4 of them. I'm continuing...
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    Eggs not turned for about a week and best hatch yet!

    Hiya, I've just had my best hatch of all time even though my incubator wasn't turning for a good few days in the incubating period. The alarm kept going off and I thought it was because the heat had dropped. Took me several days (at least 7!) to work out what was wrong! I turned them myself for...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    I got one! This is the one that I opened in a panic and now I'm really glad that I did. The other peeping one quit before making it through the shell. When I opened it to check it had turned around so that it's bottom was in the air sac, yolk still unabsorbed. I have one egg left in the...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    Mixed emotions update. I lost the first 3 eggs. The 2 that had cracked went all smooshy inside, and when I was peeling the rest of the shell off the first one it exploded. Yuck! It stank too! I'm guessing the duckling must have died pretty soon after I noticed it had peeped through into the air...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    Still waiting! I'm pretty sure it's still alive, and the one beside it has cracked now but not zipped as such, and membrane still intact. Wierd duckys! Then another has a bit of blood showing so must be doing something. Arghhh the waiting is killing me!!!
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    Help!

    My incubator is set up to turn every hour so I'm sure more doesn't hurt so long as going in different directions from time to time (my incubator alternates direction each turn). As to veins, on some of mine I was never able to see the veins on those that continued developing. Seems to depend on...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    I decided to dampen the membrane a bit and I removed some of the shell. Turns out the membrane was still intact at this point! I couldn't tell if it was still alive but have misted all over, and the other ones, and popped it back in the bator.
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    That's a pity. Well the one with the crack has zipped ALL OVER THE PLACE! It's killing me I'm just praying it hasn't got too tired to finish off. The membrane is clearly visible - looks patchy in places. I'm wondering now whether to give it a quick misting or leave well alone.
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    4 days left and I would candle for the last time as the last time I peeked at these eggs they looked pretty well developed and oh help! 3 have pipped into the air sac, one of which has already started on the shell!!!!!!! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh They were still turning and humidity around 50%...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    I had the chickens at around 45% for first 19 days on last hatch so I'll up it a tad then. I'll aim for around 55%. I can get the 'bator up to 75% without difficulty so will aim for that during lock down. Just having a look in a book I have here and it has optimums as 60% incubating for...
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    Duck eggs set today. What should I do differently?

    Hiya, I've set my first ever duck eggs and have the incubator set to 28 days. What's the recommended incubating and hatching humidity for these? Any other tips you found useful? Thanks in advance, Kirstie
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    Lock down and I'm nervous!

    Pic at last! Bantam cross on the left, Dorking (maybe!) on the right. They are approximately the same size which surprised me, but the so called Dorking has feathers on it's legs like the other one and it has me wondering if one of my friends Bantam cockerels are getting to her Dorking hens...
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    Lock down and I'm nervous!

    BB thanks, so cute! Aww all the little chickies are adorable!! Brenda, I hadn't heard of the hot water tip. I'll keep that in mind. The 2 little chickies are in the brooder and doing really well. Eating, drinking, sleeping etc. Hopefully I'll get around to taking some pics soon, otherwise it...
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