4th grade class hatching ducklings!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MissD, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. MissD

    MissD Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! My 4th grade class and I currently have 5 eggs in our mini brinsea advance incubator. We are on day 15. There are 3 calls and 2 Pekins. One of my call eggs is super small, but the embryo is moving and looks to be healthy when candled. My students are so excited and can't wait until hatch day. I am so hoping we have a good hatching success for their sakes. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or words of encouragement!! :)

    Ms. D & class
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I bet they'll have a blast! they do that quite often at the schools here although it's usually chicks.... Good luck!
     
  3. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What will happen to the ducks after they are hatched?
     
  4. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try not to handle them until there fluffy, their bones are cartilage for a few hours so that cant stand very well. and if they hatch with some of their yolk sac hanging out don't worry just watch it gets pushed into there body by muscles.

    after there all fluffy u can play with your epic cute new ducks.

    ducks and chicks are not very adventurous for the first day,

    if you need to help one out of an egg try not to pull the duck out just pick away some of the egg shell the duck has broken.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Wow, what an opportunity for everyone! Can you take photo's to share? I haven't hatched eggs, so I'll let the hatching experts weigh in on that part.

    Of course, as a protective duck mom myself, I am wondering if you have all the "baby things" ready for after the hatch!

    Food for ducklings? (they need more niacin than do chicks)

    Waterer?

    Head washing setup?

    Small sized grit?

    Adjustable heat source and draft-free brooder?

    Vitamin/eletrolyte/probiotic mix?

    Will they grow up in the classroom, or will you be adopting them to your home right away?

    Ducklings are so precious, and so fun, and have fascinating personalities!

    May it all go well.
     
  6. MissD

    MissD Out Of The Brooder

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    We have everything ready! Just waiting! I have done this before with students but this is my first time using a mini brinsea advance. In the past I used a Little Giant. My hatching success rate was never very good. So far they all look great when candled. I have a friend with a duck house and pond and she is going to take them. They will hang out in their brooder in my classroom [and home with me at night] for a week so that they can keep warm and of course so my students can be their moms' for a little while. :)
     

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