First time

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Littleducky, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Littleducky

    Littleducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
    I am going to hatch a batch of wood duck eggs. This is my first time, I have a liitle giant incubator and I have to manually turn the eggs. Does anyone have any help for me? I want to learn all that I can. Thanks for anything:)
     
  2. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is it a still air LG?

    Do you have your thermometer and hygrometer calibrated?

    You need crazy4chicks to help you out she just finished incubating and hatching out three duck eggs in her LG incubator. [​IMG]
     
  3. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    well I just did my first hatch ever and it happened to be ducks. I am also using an LG still air and turning the eggs by hand. I am no expert but I will tell you what I did and all my babies hatched out.

    I put my LG in a room that has very stable temps - LG's are funny about the air temp around them.

    if your area has real dry weather you might have a problem with Humidity - I filled all my wells in the bottom, I also put in a swallow dish with a rolled up washcloth ( change it everyother day or it will smell musty ).

    I was told that waterfowl eggs should be misted once a day I found it easier to place them on a wet washcloth and when you turn the it will get the egg moist - also change that every other day.

    get your self on a turning routine that way it will help you remember when you turned them - I did it first thing in the morning, afternoon, eveing.

    I ran my temps just alittle lower than what is normal - make sure you have a surge protector.
    alos before you set up your bator put a towel under it - this helps for the oops overflow of water !! i learned the hard way.

    just keep an eye on your temps - my LG spiked twice on my first hatch and I lost all the eggs - but I did much better second time around.

    and than just sit back and wait......wait....and wait some more LOL

    good luck - if you need any help PM me - I will try to help the best I can.


    Julie
     

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