Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    So here's some pics from last night of my call duck eggs with the terrible air cells. This morning one of them looked extremely saddled but like it may have reattached. I won't pick it up to check because whatever I'm doing seems to be working, so I don't want to handle it. If they keep going till day 12, I'll check them but honestly I'm very scared to lay them down. I'm afraid it will kill them if the air cells are still detached.
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  2. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Yep, I'm pretty sure she has the hovabator. I didn't even try putting any water in. I think I'll try that tonight. I'm on day 14, so I need to figure something out within the next 3-4 days!

    The new eggs are only on day 4 though, so what do you think about higher humidity on those eggs for days 8-11?

    Also in my thought process is with the Brinsea, there are 2 wells. Last hatch, with the quail and silkie/cochins, I made a dividing wall with the foam from the rails. I'm wondering if I only fill one well, and build a wall, if I could keep higher humidity on one side, and lower on the other side? This is not a good time to be experimenting! LOL But I might try it, if the bator is ever empty!
     
  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Wow! Those look great!!! Awesome pics too. So happy they are coming along. I know you mentioned it before, but you gotta love candling duck eggs, huh? Their shells just make it soooo much easier to see what's going on.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'm so glad you got development! I'd stick with upright, it seems to be working.
    I think if you have to run high humidity during those days, you at least have plenty of time to correct it and dry them out before lockdown.
     
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  5. WVduckchick

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    Yea, I'm actually thinking it might not be too bad. And I might delay upping it for an extra day, so 19-21... bantams will probably hatch 20ish anyway, and I could drop it back down as soon as they finish.
     
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  6. RubyNala97

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    I've done staggered before and it worked out fine! I think it will be ok. I have the hardest time with humidity in the 20. I don't know how'd you be able to do it but definitely let me know what you can figure out!

    They are amazing! You can see every little detail!
     
  7. EmilyB86

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    I don't see why people say hatching call ducks is a challenge! I had 18 eggs to start off with and have ended up with 9 beautiful ducklings!!!! May have another one to go aswell
     
  8. RubyNala97

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    Good job! Were they shipped or local? What's going on with the other 9 eggs?
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Hope you will post some pics! [​IMG] 50%+ is great.

    As far as call ducks being challenging, its because of their short bills. The better quality ones have super short bills, making it more difficult for them to pip and zip.
     
  10. EmilyB86

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    They were shipped and 6 of them I lost through the first 2 weeks and then through lockdown I lost 2 with one more maybe still to hatch!!
     

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