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Candled today

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by revans2003, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are in day four of our incubation and I candled all the eggs today. Of the 13, 3 had completely free air sacks and 6 were loose. Of the 13, all of the mallards are developing and they have hearts and veins :)

    I am using the @lacrystol lazy method and all seems to be progressing. Humidity is hovering at 32% and the temp fluctuates between 99.3 and 100.1

    We ordered 3 mallards, 2 cayugas, 3 WH, and 4 jumbo pekins. As I said only the mallards appear to be developing but that's what me and my daughter REALLY wanted anyway.

    Here's the mallards on day 4

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    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Cool congrats but don't give up on the others yet day 4 is a little early.
     
  3. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, don't lose hope yet on the others. I always keep duck eggs in the incubator until Day 10. Sometimes you'll have some that didn't look like they were developing when candled early, but the next time you candle they will be full of nice red blood vessels. Day 7 is typically the first day you'd want to candle duck eggs. They develop more slowly than chicken eggs and any earlier than 7 days is just too early to know for sure if anything's happening in there.

    I assume these were shipped eggs? They do have a much lower hatch rate than non-shipped eggs (especially with damaged air cells), so just be prepared for that also. Some people have good luck with shipped eggs, though. I had terrible experiences with shipped eggs myself, so I personally wouldn't do it again. Hope you have better luck than me! :)
     
  4. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh my stars were you ever right. We candled last night (day 7) and 10 out of the 13 have blood veins! [​IMG]
     
  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay, that's great! :) See, they just need a little more time to show up. Ducklings take their time with everything, especially hatching. Be prepared for their 2-3 day hatching process. ;)
     

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