call duck eggs in bator... plus 10 CD eggs under a hen... wish me luck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mojo Chick'n, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I have 7 call eggs (set at two dif times) in one bator, and 8 in another bator that were set on Friday. The ones I set a week or so ago all have veins - wish me luck on them, I've never incubated ducks eggs, much less CALL eggs.

    So, with 15 eggs set so far, I hope I have at least a few hatch.

    At least these are from my own ducks, so I'm not out big money if they fail. I would love to have some baby calls though.

    I really wish it would clear up outside so I can finish the waterfowl pen - all I have so far is the posts set. But that is the hardest part of it, I guess, getting those set and straight.

    So, wish me luck with my call duck eggs, I'll keep everyone informed (if anyone cares [​IMG] ) in this thread.


    Oh, btw, these are a pair of Blues and a Khaki female added in.
    Not sure what the Khaki and Blue will look like mixed, might be pretty though - at least for pet quality.

    eta - I edited the title of the thread....

    meri
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2009
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    [​IMG] wishing you luck [​IMG]

    you will have to show pics ( i would like to see the duck pen too)

    we have rouens and khaki campbells , love ducks [​IMG]
     
  3. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
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  4. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Thanks, and yeah, definately will show pics.

    I noticed tonight that one of my broody hens (who hatched a batch of chicks this last january in the cold) is trying to go broody again. I had to take her babies when they hatched before, cause it was so cold - I'm wondering if I could stick some duck eggs under her [​IMG] .

    I have one from today, and I get about two a day (normally). The blue duck hen is trying to hide her eggs, though, so it's like an easter egg hunt here, lately. I think the blue duck hen would go broody if I let her hide enough eggs - problem is, she hides them in dangerous places, so I can't just leave her there to sit.

    Now if that pen were done, then she could lay anywhere in the pen and go broody to her heart's delight.

    Thank goodness it's going to warm up this next weekend - maybe I can get it done soon. It sure is cold out there tonight [​IMG]

    meri
     
  5. clhbubba

    clhbubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck on your eggs. We got 2 pair of white calls about 4 weeks ago and one female started laying about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I'm hoping she goes broody and hatches her own.....we'll see. Sending good hatching vibes!!!
     
  6. koiman

    koiman Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Good luck We just had eggs from our calls . Half were in the incubator and we let one hen try to raise her own. We failed to have any hatch. Had several 20 s at night , put in a light to help the hen but still nothing. If anyone has luck let me know. When hens start again will try again.
     
  7. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Well, Miss Piggy (red sexlink hen) is definately broody - tried to take my hand off this morning gathering eggs [​IMG]

    So I took the 8 Call Duck eggs I set on Friday in the incubator, and two more and put those under her. I guess we'll see how well she does hatching them.

    I still have 7 in the other incubator. I hope one of us hatches some out.

    meri
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I would advise taking the eggs away from the hen 3 days before they hatch (day 23) and move them to the incubator with humdity around 70-75%, because the humidity wont get high enough under the chicken. Also, you may need to mist the eggs under the hen since the humidity doesnt get high enough. Check the air sacs, and if they look too large, you need more humidity under the hen.
     
  9. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:Thanks for the advice, I'll do that.

    I was wondering what issues I might have (I had read about the humidity). I'd almost rather hatch them inside, anyway, cause I've heard Calls need help getting out of the shell sometimes. I was thinking, though, that the humidity and temp might be more stable under the hen than in the incubator (I have chicken eggs also in that incubator).

    I'm wondering, if I put a damp sponge or two under the hay in the nest, would that help with humidity, or would it just tick off/irritate the hen?
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Mojo Chick'n :

    Quote:Thanks for the advice, I'll do that.

    I was wondering what issues I might have (I had read about the humidity). I'd almost rather hatch them inside, anyway, cause I've heard Calls need help getting out of the shell sometimes. I was thinking, though, that the humidity and temp might be more stable under the hen than in the incubator (I have chicken eggs also in that incubator).

    I'm wondering, if I put a damp sponge or two under the hay in the nest, would that help with humidity, or would it just tick off/irritate the hen?

    I tried that last year, but I didnt know that I had to add more humidity, and sadly none hatched. But, yes, I think piece of cut up wet sponge would work. I also misted my hens check/stomach with some warm water to up the humidity.​
     

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