Day 25 travel

peebee

In the Brooder
May 6, 2015
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I have a mallard duck egg I've been incubating. It's been going pretty well, but now on its 25th day I realize I'll have to travel (by car) around 2 hours away to stay the weekend for a family reunion. I had completely forgot about it until today. I'll be leaving on its day 25 and coming back on its day 27. It's supposed to hatch day 28. I don't think I'll be able to find anyone who knows enough about incubating an egg to hatch it also (but Nawt as important)I want it to imprint on me since I'll be the one caring for it. So I planned on taking it with me. For the ride there I was going to use a homemade rice bag heat pad and wrap the egg in a paper towel. Then when I get thee I would set up a temporary brooder (a plastic tub) with either an actual heat pad or a heat lamp. But I'm Nawt sure what to do for the ride home because it should have internally pipped by then and I don't know how to go about taking it back. Any suggestions?
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
10 Years
Oct 16, 2010
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Your not due until day 28 unless your temp has been running high. You'll be back home day 27, Personally I'd leave it home where you can have the humidity up. Day 25 is when you should get your RH up to 65% or so, you'll not be able to maintain that in a car ride and makeshift incubator.
 

kbenkoski

Hatching
May 10, 2015
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Duck eggs go on lockdown once you hit day 25 meaning no turning or opening the incubator until it hatches. Mist it well and leave a dish of water or soaked rag/sponge to keep humidity high and you should be good to go for your trip. Once you hit lockdown, I've set at 98.5 and high humidity. If all goes well you should have a cute little hatched duck either in progress or finished when you get back.
 
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