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Hatching Call duck eggs...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by StevenW., Jan 12, 2011.

  1. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Is there any secrets to hatching them since they are hard to hatch??

    What do you use for humidity and whats the best hygrometer??

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Hi ducklover. [​IMG]
    They are hard little devils to hatch, but totally worth it!
    I actually have 2 hygrometers I use when I'm hatching my ducks. One I got from a cigar store(the kind they use in humidors) and one I got from Lowe's.
    There is a member on here that is a Call duck hatching machine! Hope she weighs in on your post because she is going to be helping me hatch mine(if I don't drive her too nuts the first few days of incubation).
    I will tell you that I will not use an automatic turner for my Calls-hand turn only. Strangely enough, I had a better hatch rate when, instead of "rolling" the eggs, I turn them big end over small end when turning them.
    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  3. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Quote:Hi [​IMG]

    I would turn them by myself but I have school and cant and I have a turner for it [​IMG]
    I would if I could [​IMG]

    And I hope someone comes along and maybe we could get this as a sticky if possible [​IMG]
     
  4. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Noone else can help me? [​IMG]
     
  5. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatched out several in my browers top hatch. No extra testers at all. Turned them by hand a couple times a day. Used wet sponges the last few days. I always mark the date I set them on the larger end with a pencil. When due to hatch I hold egg to ear and listen. When it is past due date and they are not advancing I help them...
    If they are having problems pipping I do chip off enough shell so they can get air. If they are not able to get out of shell I have even assisted them. Sometimes just freeing their head and letting them rest and they can then get free of egg. DO NOT peel shell or membrane if it seeps any blood! Wait a few hours and try again...

    Don't know if it is because of their tiny rounded bill that they have trouble pipping or not?
     
  6. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Yeah I always wondered about the little bill equated to a little egg tooth myself. Ducklover,if you can I would use a chicken to incubate them if you can. Even then you might have to help one or two out past due date like lil chick said. If you cant hand turn them at least keep your humidity high like 60-70% And if you dont have a hydrometer keep your pan always full of water then add wet rags or sponges the last few days
     
  7. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Thats very helpful [​IMG]

    And I think thats why is because they are so small [​IMG]
     
  8. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Anyone else? please I need all the info I can get
     
  9. ourlittleflock

    ourlittleflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bumping this for you [​IMG]

    I am keep a close eye on this thread
     
  10. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use a redwood for most of our call duck eggs and turn them by hand. We are going to get some broodys going this year and put our best eggs under them. The chickens do a great job getting the to lockdown time and we bring them in right before they hatch.
     

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