BYC's 2021 Spooktacular Halloween Hatch-Along!

Smiles-N-Sunshine

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Here is a sample of my October hatch, with the RIR chicks and Welsh Harlequin duckling hatched on the same day, two weeks ago. The size difference is amazing to me. I have 21 ducklings and 6 chicks from this hatch, all looking good to me so far. I intend to keep all the RIR hens and the best roo as a backup to Mephistopheles, and probably a similar approach with the ducklings. Trying to free up space in Freezer Camp for the extra boys.
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Here is a sample of my October hatch, with the RIR chicks and Welsh Harlequin duckling hatched on the same day, two weeks ago. The size difference is amazing to me. I have 21 ducklings and 6 chicks from this hatch, all looking good to me so far. I intend to keep all the RIR hens and the best roo as a backup to Mephistopheles, and probably a similar approach with the ducklings. Trying to free up space in Freezer Camp for the extra boys. View attachment 2886829
I knew ducks grew fast just didn’t know that fast
 

Smiles-N-Sunshine

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I knew ducks grew fast just didn’t know that fast
This was surprising to me also. I think it's also the RIRs growing somewhat slowly, because I raised CornishX with ducklings and the growth difference wasn't as obvious.

Just for giggles I weighed them today, 4.25 oz for a random chick, and 10.55 oz for a duckling, so roughly 2.5 times the size.

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Wickedchicken6

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Partly my fault. The egg shouldn’t have been incubated. Yolk wasn’t at all ready for him to have pipped. Veins everywhere. Lucky he didn’t pop one when he internally pipped.
But we don't know exactly how an embryo will perform. Each egg comes with its own circumstances and individual genetic setup. It's such a miracle. :)
 

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