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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tmarr, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. tmarr

    tmarr Chirping

    Jul 15, 2015
    Aghhhhhhh! I've ordered my incubator and I've started researching how to do things....there is so much info my mind is going to explode lol. So far I was going to do it like this:(Pekin eggs)

    1. Humidity 35 to 45 % first 25 days,then up to 75%.
    2. Cool them for 15mins each day.
    3 Spritz 2-3 times a day.
    4. Turn odd times daily.
    5 5/6 day candle.
    6. Lockdown day 25.
    This may sound stupid but do you literally spray the eggs with water and what is the best way to cool them down each day?

    Do I put them under the heat lamp straight away? Thanks!

  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Songster

    Jul 26, 2014
    When you get your incubator, it should come with instructions about humidity and all that. It's usually what works best with that particular incubator. I know there is SO much info out there it's hard to know what is right because people tend to do things the way that works for them. Incubating can be a little bit of a learning process to find what works for your particular eggs, your incubator, and your location (ambient humidity).

    This is what I do:

    35% humidity for incubation, up to 55-60% for "lock down" (Day 26)

    I cool my eggs for about 10 minutes a day until lock down, and mist them just once a day after the cooling period. And yes, you just spray a fine mist of water directly on the eggs. ;) To cool them you just take the top off of your incubator for the 10-15 minutes. You can turn the incubator off during that time as well if you like.

    The first day to candle duck eggs is typically Day 7. They take longer to develop than chicken eggs, so any earlier than that and you are not guaranteed to see development even if it is happening. I always keep eggs in until Day 10 because they can surprise you and eggs you thought were not developing earlier, will sometimes suddenly show lots of development on Day 10.

    And with the heat lamp, are you talking about putting the hatched ducklings under a heat lamp right away? If so, then no. They need to stay in the incubator for at least 12 hours after hatching (until they are dry) before taking them out and putting them in a brooder under a heat lamp. Sometimes it can take up to 24 hours for them to dry and start to fluff up.

    I hope that helped a little?
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  3. tmarr

    tmarr Chirping

    Jul 15, 2015

    Brilliant! Thanks! :)

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