duck eggs stopped hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jamesk53, May 27, 2012.

  1. jamesk53

    jamesk53 In the Brooder

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    I recently started raising duck eggs and have been getting worse and worse results. First batch had 100% hatch, then I had 90% but after several more batches I have now had two that had a zero hatch rate. I've been noticing that most of the eggs that don't have have darker areas on/in the shell. I'm wondering if the chicks are dying to bacterial problems? Has anyone else experienced darkened eggs during a hatch?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Do you disinfect the incubator between hatches?
     
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    jamesk53 In the Brooder

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    Yes, but I'm wondering if I didn't do it thoroughly. There were also some times the temp got up to 102 degrees, but I wasn't sure for how long. I'm wondering if the darkened eggs are more likely from temp or bacteria...
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Have you done a calibration check on your thermometer? Perhaps there is a temperature problem also.
     
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    I did, but the temp did rise to 102 for an unknown length of time, which I believe is high enough to kill developing birds, right?
     

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