FINNALLY! Found BEI hatching eggs! Hatching Q.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by monarc23, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Hi there!

    Okay I know that they say that Calls have a hard time hatching...because of their tiny beaks I think I read? Well, BEIs are small like Calls, however their beaks don't look as tiny, does this mean at all that they seem to hatch easier than calls do? I just want to know what I may be up against as far as the hatching part of these lovely ducks go?

    thanks for any info!
    niki
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    BEI = ???
     
  3. monarc23

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  4. DuckLady

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    PM to Katie. She knows her stuff regarding bantam ducks! [​IMG]
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:thanks is "Katie" her screen name?
     
  6. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    Pretty. [​IMG] They kind of look like mini Cayugas.
     
  7. monarc23

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    Quote:yeppers that's what I think too, when I was having trouble finding BEI's I was going to settle for some Cayugas but something about these lil cuties just had me wait for them and finnally! I cannot wait to get these eggs in my bator!!!! [​IMG] Should be getting them next week [​IMG]
     
  8. As with all ducks, you should start cooling them for 10min per day starting on day 10, and mist them with some warm water during the cooling period. I didnt do that last year, I started doing it this year and my hatch rate doubled. Good Luck.
     
  9. CityChicker

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    We generally mist too. Granted, it depends on so many factors like where you live and the incubator. If you live in an area of low to moderate humidity, I would *definitely* without question, mist once daily. That is my opinion based on what has worked for us.

    I don't know how well BEI hatch in relation to Calls since I don't raise Calls. I am reading a book right now that says that Call eggs can be as low as 25% hatch in an incubator. That seems unreasonably low to me (again though, I don't raise Calls). My other bantam duck hatches are far more successful than that. On eggs laid here, we sometimes have gotten 90%+. Shipped eggs are another story.

    As far as the cooling off of the eggs, I didn't find that it helped our eggs hatch much better but we have only tried it a couple times. I would base whether you do that or not on your incubator. If you have an incubator that is very reliable and maintains temperature extremely well then I say go for it. If you are using something that takes a long time to stabilize, I might not try it. HTH.
     
  10. froggie71

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    I didn't hatch out call ducks, so don't know about them, but our 1st try of 16 duck eggs came out with a 100% hatch rate, no misting or cooling of eggs here, but like I said, we didn't do calls or BEIs. Good luck to you though!
     

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