Duck Questions...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lacrystol, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    OK, got some questions,
    First I'm new at incubating call ducks, I had 13 but one was a quitter. All 12 are doing good, need to know if they hatch what kind of flooring should they get? For my chickens, I used paper towels and shelf gripping.

    Now if for some reason my duck ends up with Spraddled legs, what do I do. For chickens, I have use a hair tie and within 24 hours the problem is solved, can the same procedure be used for ducks? Bandaid method just wasn't working for me..

    I also would give my chickens polyvisol, can I give this to my ducks as well?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Welcome to Duckdom!


    Congratulations!
     
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  3. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    OMG thank you soo much, one more question for you. Chickens take 21 days lockdown is on day 18. From what I have read Call ducks take 27 days so would lockdown be day 24 and when should I stop turning. I usually stop turning the eggs for chickens on day 17 should I stop one extra day before lockdown for the ducks as well?
     
  4. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Another question, ha haha, I heard that call ducks are really hard to hatch because of there small little beaks and sometimes need help. I also know they take longer to come out of the shell then a chicken. At what point should I be concerned that the duck isn't going to come out and interveen?
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I haven't hatched any ducklings, myself, so I suggest you try a search of the duck forum. From what I have read, you have some good information.

    Duck eggs that I get from my runners have very thick shells, and I have seen quite a number of posts about people needing to help the process. There are some particular cautions you will need to learn about. . . . let me see if I can find one or two recent threads that may give you some help.

    See if this helps . . . it is long, but there is some good, specific technical information.

    ***might help if I actually pasted the link, eh? *****[​IMG]
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...internally-3-days-ago-but-no-external-pip-yet


    Oh, and jbourget recently posted about his successes with hatching calls, so you might pm him.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/644219/gettin-darn-good-at-hatchin-call-ducklings-pics
     
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  6. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Thank you I have just PM'ed him....
     

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