Duck egg weight loss

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  1. bubbleberry

    bubbleberry Out Of The Brooder

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    I've recently bought a janoel-10 incubator as my trusty broody muscovy passed away a couple of months ago. I've got it set up with a hygrometer and additional thermometer and it's reading 45% humidity and 37.5°c and keeping steady. 6 khaki campbell eggs are arriving in the post tomorrow so fingers crossed they make it here ok.

    Just a question about weight loss as I'm a little worried about humidity. I know they have to lose 12-14% of the original mass but is it consistent throughout incubation? Or do they lose more towards the end, for example? Just trying to get some planning in place...

    On paper I've got 45% humidity until day 25, then raised to 65% at lockdown, maybe raise it more when there is external pipping. This sound ok?

    Edit:
    I posted this in another forum but haven't got a response as of yet. The Khaki eggs arrived safely but all have saddle shaped air cells, some worse than others. They're only on day 3.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Wondering if @madamiec is nearby for this question?
     
  3. Fuentes Farm

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    Wondering what your findings was [​IMG]
     
  5. bubbleberry

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    The weight loss was pretty steady, losing an avg of 3/3.5% per week :) This was for the eggs I set anyway.
     

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