Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I hope you do....lol You helped me decided whether to start it or not....lol

    I know I flinch when I see it above 40 or 50% but I know its what they need. I already decided that if the others end up too small at day 10, I'll take them out and stick them under the heat light with just the reletive humidity and when they increase stick them back in for hatch....lol
     
  2. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably somewhere between 28 and 28.5 days. The mother is a fawn and white runner (28.5 days) and the two males that bred her are a Welsh Harlequin and a Blue Swedish (which I think are both 28 days). I am expecting some really neat ducklings from this combo. The first lil duckling that came out looks like a mix of the blue Swede and runner. He's got yellow fluff that is starting to dry but hes got gray streaks in the hair so I don't know for sure yet what color hes gonna be. Hes got orange feet but his middle toes on both feet are blue and his orange beak has a blue arrow looking line running down the middle of it. Think I'll name him Archer or Archie, lol. I will post pics later this afternoon once he dries and starts looking cute!!!

    And I agree that the staggered hatch thing has been a pain. But, like a true idiot, I have been eyeballing the new nest I found outside for a couple days now. Now that I have a lil more room that opened up, I am thinking about snatching those 7 eggs and sticking them in the incubator, lol.
     
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  3. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    That's why some people do not like to incubator silkie eggs (bantam eggs) with others! But it sounds like a good plan!
    Eta:I'm super happy that you did!! :hugs
    Yes, please post pics!! I can't wait to see these little trouble makers! ;)
    And you've caught the addiction now...it's in full force! :lau you'll be giving advice in a couple months for sure!!
     
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I think, if I was doing my own, I would definitely do them separate. I was afraid with doing shipped that we'd have a bad hatch so I wanted to add some of our own just in case...lol But I really think that we'll get at least 50% (hopefully higher) of the shipped by the end of hatch. If all the developing eggs were to hatch it's be about 78% at this point with the silkies. But I know shipped are more succeptible to having later quitters as well, so I'm just hoping for 50% at this point.
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think because you are hand turning them (and the air cell damage was minimal) that you won't have so many quitters. A lot of the late quitters with shipped come from insufficient turning because you can't really appropriately turn an egg with a loose cell. So I'm hoping you'll have above average hatch rate for shipped! I'm considering adding in some silkie eggs with the new batch of call eggs. Don't know how that will work out but looks like I'll have space on the mini too. Another call egg quit. So that leaves me with two. One of which does not have the veins going all the way around the egg. It's alive and moving but not looking totally healthy. I really hope this next batch of eggs don't have detached air cells!
     
  6. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol!!! This isn't my duck but I bet I could end up with something like this one. It looks like a mix of a fawn and white runner duck and a welsh harlequin.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'm hoping so too....lol

    LOL he/she/it is cool looking.
     
  8. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, it is a unique duck.

    Well, lil Archie, who I sure hope ends up being a boy cos I've been referring to him as a he all along, is doin his job. He has been huddled up in the corner nibbling at the styrofoam and peeping away (I think he is trying to follow me cos he stands up and starts peeping at me whenever I look in the incubator which is every 2 minutes). But, with all his ruckus we now have our 2nd pip!!!
     
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  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Okay, is it just me and I'm punch drunk from lack of sleep over the eggs remaining in the incubator, or does this duck look like he has a brown Precious Moments angel on his body???
     

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