First time hatching attempt, any advice?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by E.D.GardenFarm, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. E.D.GardenFarm

    E.D.GardenFarm Chirping

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    When and how should I do candling of she's on the eggs most of the time?
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I just go out and slip my hand under them. My Muscovys aren’t upset a bit by my checking their eggs, if you have a female that gets upset then you’ll have to wait till she goes out to eat or drink .
     
  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Does she have any shelter overhead?

    I always have to wait until they get off the nest. I don’t have any ducks that will let me reach under them! :lol: (chicken hens, yes. Ducks, no)

    Mine tend to take a break about an hour before sun down. Sometimes they want to bathe and take their time (30 minutes or more), other times they get a quick bite and head back to the nest. I try to candle about once a week, and also make sure no eggs are cracked or any other issue with them.
     
  4. E.D.GardenFarm

    E.D.GardenFarm Chirping

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    Yes, she's under a tree and has the shed on one side and a bush close by in the other side.

    I think I'll have to wait too, she's not the type who'll happily let me reach under

    Should I bring them inside to a dark room or can it be done outside?
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    You’ll need a dark room a closet will do.
     
  6. E.D.GardenFarm

    E.D.GardenFarm Chirping

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    While she was off the eggs for food and a wash I took the eggs inside to a dark room to candle them, 3 have visible red veins, 1 is a bit dirty so I can't fully see, my phone didn't take all the pictures I thought it did IMG_20190720_122409.jpg IMG_20190720_122350.jpg IMG_20190720_122515.jpg IMG_20190720_122505.jpg IMG_20190720_122239.jpg IMG_20190720_122409.jpg IMG_20190720_122350.jpg IMG_20190720_122515.jpg IMG_20190720_122505.jpg IMG_20190720_122239.jpg
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I see life!! What day? looks like maybe 4-5
     
  8. E.D.GardenFarm

    E.D.GardenFarm Chirping

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    I think those pics went up twice
    They went under her Monday morning so 5 or 6, I don't know whether it's mean to start from day 0 or day 1???
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Tuesday would be day one!
     
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  10. E.D.GardenFarm

    E.D.GardenFarm Chirping

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    Okay brilliant so this is day 5, thank you
     
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