Call Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lacrystol, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    So I put 13 call ducks into the incubator, is there anything special I need to know, temp is about 100 and humidity is about 50 -55 I have hatched ducks before but not from Day one. When I first hatched duck eggs they were already about 3 weeks into being hatched. But i have heard call ducks are really hard to hatch. Not sure why but that is what i have heard. So is there anything particular I need to know. Do you think my settings are OK? I am also turning them 3 times a day, i have to hand turn them since i don't have an turner yet...
     
  2. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience is similar to the others that I asked about this who have been hatching for many years, and that is the issues are with hatching, it seems the small bills make it harder for them to hatch out. the pet quality ones I hatched out my first year that didn't have small bills were hatching out like crazy.
     
  3. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Got cha, so I think i need to be more alert when hatching day comes.
     
  4. jess5254

    jess5254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched out two call ducks and this was my favorite hatch ever. My temp was 99.5 - 99.6, my humidity was 50. I hand turned also even though I have a turner. The eggs were so small I did not want to take any chances. I did not have any problems until hatch day. My ducks were rocking for four days and still no pip. So I helped them by making a small hole in the air sack. But make sure they have internally pipped first. Which you can see when you candle them. I used a sharp drywall screw which I soaked in alcohol to clean it. Then slowly and very carefully poked a hole in the end with the air sac. That usually gets them going, but just remember they take 26-27 days too hatch and don't help prematurely. Good Luck and remember we are here to help for when the big day comes!!!
     
  5. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    What is your temp at lockdown? MY first batch I put them at 60 to 65.
     
  6. jess5254

    jess5254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My temp at lockdown is the same 99.5 -99.6 and increase the humidity to 60 -65. That should help a lot. :)
     
  7. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    OK because I have a friend who just lost 8 babies they didn't make it to peeping, in fact they died before lockdown, what would cause that? The only difference is she had her humidity up to 75% 80% do you think that's way to high?
     
  8. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Forget that autoturner unless you can set up the drawers in such a manner that the eggs lay on their sides and roll slightly without being damaged. Hand turning for Call eggs is what many people do. They need to be on their sides.
     
  9. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    NOW that would make a lot of sense, she does have the call ducks in an egg carton, could that be the reason as to why they keep dying? Big end up. do all duck eggs need to be in the laying down position in order to hatch?
     
  10. jess5254

    jess5254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Waterfowl need to lay down on there sides. I also hand turn my calls. I think 80 for humidity may be a tad high. If you want look up ozark bantams online. When ever I had questions I emailed him and he was real good about getting back to me in a timely manner. He raises call ducks and he seems to know a lot of good info. I hope we have answered some of ur questions and that you will feel more confident to try it again.
    P.S. The only time i have put waterfowl upright was with shipped eggs with an abnormal air sac. Then I put them on their sides once it was corrected.
    GOOD LUCK
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012

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