Emergency Incubator for duck eggs - Help/ideas needed ASAP

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SometimesCraftr, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. SometimesCraftr

    SometimesCraftr Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2013
    Pacific NW
    To make a very long story short I have a duck egg a week from hatching that mama decided she was done sitting on today and I hate to just let it go. She hasn't been on it for about 3 hours (maybe less time) and it's cold but it's moving around still. Up until this point i've had to kick her off the nest a time or two to go get a drink or some food, so she's been very diligent. I'm having a hard time finding info on something I can do for the duck egg, since I know I need to worry about humidity. I have an empty fish tank, a heating pad that can be used moist and/or heat bulbs I use for brooding (they are the heat without the light kind that are typically used for reptiles, I have two different temp. bulbs). Can I do something with these that will give this duckling a chance? Today is 21 days, so it has just one more week to go. I'm not in a position to buy an incubator right now. If it doesn't work out, that's okay, but i'd like to give the duckling a chance to hatch. Right now I have it stuck in my sports bra against my skin, but i'd really rather not do that for a week. :D I just want to be sure i'm accounting for humidity properly in whatever set up I do.
  2. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    Take it out of your bra. Now! I did that and mine cracked and I got yolk all over me.... :D
    Some people have used a heat lamp. Just turn it every couple of hours until lockdown (forget what day that is) and use a thermometer to detect heat. You could try using the tank with the lid or cardboard overtop, and then use a humidity measure thing (hydrometer?) to adjust the humidity... but I'm no expert.
  3. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2016

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