Got myself in a bit of duck-breeding trouble...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Loopeend, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Loopeend

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    I have an unique chance of receiving fertile eggs of a duck I have been searching for over a year. They will arrive saturday; but current eggs in the incubator are 28 days over 6 days.
    I should rise the humidity then.
    Will this harm the newly eggs and can I put them together.
    Or can I better put the older ones in a make-shift incubator on day 28, with a higher humidity, since they don't have to be turned anymore? which I don't really actually have money for so might be a bit wobbly since I have to build it myself.
    I also want the eggs in as quick as possible instead of letting them lay around another 6 days..
    And this chance will does not come ofte due too lack of good Indian runners, and will mean waiting atleast a whole year again...

    =/
     
  2. Cayuga momma

    Cayuga momma ♡Ducks♡, enough said.

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

  4. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch

    I think OP's already answered his/her own question
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I would still like to know what they or other people would do. :oops:
     
  6. Loopeend

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    Me twoo!
     
  7. Loopeend

    Loopeend Songster

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    OP does not see the answer. Please force OP to see the right answer, that it is currently not seeing now.
     
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  8. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I don’t understand 28 days over 6 days. Can you clarify what day the current eggs are on?
     
  9. Loopeend

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    over/at I can't find the right term. (and please educate me when you do understand what I mean)
    The OLD eggs will be 24 days on saturday, when the new eggs arrive that are on day 0.
    Today it is thursday; so they are now 6 days away from 28 days, and increasing humidity and stop turning them. But on saturday 4 days away from 28 days.
     
  10. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Ok i understand :D

    If your incubator is large enough to hold all the eggs, I would allow the new eggs to sit one or two days, upright in a carton after shipping (depending how bad the air cells are), and set them on Sunday or Monday. Increase humidity on the current eggs on the day you originally planned - I assume Sunday or Monday. You can hand-turn the new eggs a few times until you see pips in the current eggs. Then I’d leave them alone while the other ones hatch. A couple days of higher humidity and no turning wont hurt them.

    If you can make a divider in the incubator to separate the two sets of eggs, I would recommend it, to keep the ducklings off the new eggs if possible.

    That’s what I would do. :confused:
     

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