Dry incubating duck eggs - Final count: three ducklings *PICS*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gypsy07, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up dry incubating my duck eggs after day 10 when I realised they weren't losing moisture fast enough. I ignored all the standard stuff about duck eggs needing more humidity than chicken eggs and just went with my trusty set of digital scales, Brinsea's recommendation of a 15% weight loss, and some common sense. Come lockdown I bumped my humidity from 30% to 75-80% and sat back to wait...

    The first one pipped yesterday morning, and did nothing more for well over a day. Having read about ducklings on this forum, I knew they normally take much longer than chickens to hatch, so I refused to get concerned. I went off out to work this morning, and came back home this evening to a huge beefy duckling just about filling my little incubator. Wow! I also have one more pipped, and another egg rocking and rolling in there.

    Conclusion: If you're not sure what humidity to go with, weigh your eggs and you can get it right first time. [​IMG]
     
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  2. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats! [​IMG] Glad dry hatching worked for you [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Woohoo!! [​IMG]

    But...uh...where is the picture? [​IMG] ( [​IMG] )

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  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A full day later... the second one just hatched out too!

    Here's the photo - right after the second one hatched:
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    I had no idea baby ducks were so much cuter than baby chickens!
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Adorable, well done! Hope they all keep popping out like that!
     
  6. Highlander

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    Ooooh too cute! What kind are they? You will love ducks, they are so funny.

    You and I need to have a chat about all this weighing business! I'm having awful hatching results and I'm sure it's a humidity thing so I need to try something different.
     
  7. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly, I think that's probably it. I started off with 18 eggs but my trusty old bator suddenly went wonky and cooked them all to 105F before I noticed what was happening. I'm surprised any of them survived, really. I transferred them all to a homemade still air styro bator that I bought in an extreme hurry, and it turned out to be no better at holding a steady temp. Ten had been cooked to death, but eight continued to develop through huge temp swings and erratic hand turning. I put all eight in lockdown, though I was sure two had already died. Two days ago there was another egg rocking, but it seems to have stopped now. Sad, but I have a fairly strict policy of not intervening unless I am sure they are stuck due to low lockdown humidity, which definitely wasn't the case here. Harsh maybe, but I have no desire to hatch out weak chicks. And after what these two ahve been through, they're probably the strongest ducklings in existence!

    I was incubating them for a friend, and I spoke to him today and asked for another 18 eggs. I now have a very posh fancypants Brinsea EX with the automatic humidity pump, so I'm sure I'll be able to do better second time around. I'm just glad I got two out with this hatch and not only one. That would have been awful...
     
  8. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Oh what a shame. Sounds like you did really well to get the two then.
     
  9. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on the two, at least.

    When I tried duck and goose eggs at a lower humidity during incubation, they came out all sticky with a lot of albumen and membrane stuck to their backs. It did slough off in a couple of days, but I had to help a couple because they were stuck to the shell.

    I didn't have that problem at all with quail incubated in the same humidity range, around 40% during incubation and 55 to 60% initial during hatch.

    Just wanted to throw that out there.
     
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Oh, such cuteness! [​IMG] Thanks for sharing!! [​IMG]

    Ducklings are pretty stink'in cute! [​IMG]

    ~Aspen
     

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