We put 14 Silver Appleyard duck eggs in 2 incubators. We had rollers in one incubator and manually turned the eggs in the other every 5 hours. (manual turning 3 to 7 times in 24 hours)
DON'T WASH THE EGGS.
Went in the incubator on the 8 Oct. Candled on the 15 Oct. 5 eggs were infertile. 9 eggs left. Day before lockdown, 2 eggs had secretions on them. I learned that this happens with 'posted' eggs. I had to take them out to stop explosions and germs. 7 eggs left.
Day 25. 2 Nov. lockdown.
Temperature is now supposed to be: 36.5
Humidity: 75% to 80%.
I set mine at 77%
We candle our eggs again at this stage to see that the eggs are full with movement and to make sure the air bubble is at the thick end. We have 1 egg with the air bubble at the wrong end, I think.
What's supposed to happen is the eggs pip (duckling makes a hole in the egg). They say it can sit like that for 48 hours, (be patient). Then it starts zipping, (chipping around the egg), this should happen within an hour. Once the head falls out, they are safe. They sit like that till the yolk is fully absorbed and the duckling kicks the shell free. Once fluffy and walking around they can be transferred to a brooder.
I know it's not recommended to open the incubator during lockdown, however I've never had a problem with it as long as I spray water if I open it. I will continue filming the hatch in the comments. I don't know how to edit video's together. I just want to help those who aren't sure about incubation.
Our hatch rates have always been good (except the first one) and I've always rescued 1 or 2. We will video it if it happens that way. It's like carefully shelling a boiled egg. I've had a few hatches in my hands, it's so precious.
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We've got 8 more duck eggs going into lockdown in 4 days, then we're going to start 24 chicken eggs off. Heaps of video's of hatching.