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Hand turning vs Auto turner for Duck Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by donnavee, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    I just bought some call duck eggs from someone on Ebay and they suggest hand turning instead of the auto turner. The reason being that misting the eggs at least once a day helps with the humidity and they feel the egg stays wet where it sits in the turner and causes bacteria to form in the egg. I'm pretty new to hatching and I did hatch some call duck eggs last year with a turner - maybe a 30% hatch rate which isn't great.

    I'm wondering what others think about this?

  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    I have higher hatch rate with duck and goose eggs using still air and hand turning, not sure why that is though. Were the eggs shipped 30% isnt bad for calls they can be tricky to hatch
  3. Glenmar

    Glenmar Songster

    Jan 17, 2011
    I hatched some Pekins. I did not mist them. I also used an autoturner.
    I hatched them just like chickens except during lockdown, I did mist them to keep my humidity up to 70%.
    I had 6 out of 6 hatch.

  4. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    Yeah, seems some people prefer hand turning and others say the turner works just fine. The ones I hatched last year were not shipped but collected from my call ducks. I did have a 100% hatch rate when a broody call sat on the eggs - they can't read a thermometer or candle an egg, but sure know what they are doing.[​IMG]

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