Hatching call duck eggs

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  1. henlady123

    henlady123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking for help on hatching call duck eggs! A predator got to my call ducks a week ago and have left me with one drake. I ordered call duck eggs because I'm determined to get him some new lady friends. Please, someone tell me if this sounds right.... I plan on letting them set for 6-24 hours upon arrival. If air pockets look good, I will put them in incubator at 101.5 with humidity at 50% and begin Turing 3 times a day immediately. If air sacs are saddle or disturbed from shipping, I will let them incubate for 3 days before turning. When I turn I plan on spraying with water. Candle on day 7 and discard any eggs not developing. On day 23, candle and make sure they are all viable then begin lockdown. Lockdown temp will be 98 and the humidity will be bumped up to 80%. I will only assist in the hatch 24 hours after an internal Pip and no external pip. How I assist... I have no idea. So if someone has some insight on assisted hatching, that would be helpful. After hatch, leave them in the bator until dry and then move them to brooder which will be pre warmed. Please let me know if all this sounds right! Thanks for any and all help. :)
     
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    Bumping because I really want to know if this all sounds right. Thanks!
     
  3. BantyChooks

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    I think that sounds okay to me, but wait for the experts to chime in.....

    What bator are you using, and what are you measuring temp with? Thermometer or built-in temp sensor?
     
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    I purchased a magic fly incubator. I have a temp and humidity gauge in it right now. I'm running it for a couple days to get the hang of the humidity and temp before my eggs arrive. So far it has remained steady at 100 degrees and 45-46% humidity.
     
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    Looking over some older threads about call duck hatching it looks like 100 degrees is good with humidity at 40-50% and then lockdown dropping temp to 98-99 and raising humidity only to 65-70%.... hmmmm what do to
     
  6. BantyChooks

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    Have you calibrated?
     
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    Yes the temp and humidity gauge has been calibrated :)
     
  8. BantyChooks

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    Awesome!!

    Sounds like you've done your research, great job :highfive:

    I'd PM RavynFallen if she doesn't come on here.... She's a call duck expert.
     
  9. DwayneNLiz

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    Ravyn is the expert, she advised me to incubate them on their side not upright at 35% humidity, no lower

    lockdown at 65-70%,
    if forced air 99.5-100* is fine

    HAND TURNING is best
     
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    Thanks! My incubatot is still air... is 100 degrees okay for still?
     

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