Hatching/Caring for New Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenMomma19, May 22, 2017.

  1. ChickenMomma19

    ChickenMomma19 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had ducklings before as well as baby chicks, but I have never hatched them until now! I have about two dozen duck eggs in my incubator. I kind of need a step by step DO and DO NOT DO list. I have read so many things, I feel like I am going to miss something. Is there an overview or a basic way it goes?
    Hatching: I know I have to let them do it themselves. Do I spray the eggs at all? Does the temp stay the same? Do I continue to flip them? What if something goes wrong? I've been reading horror stories about suffocating and not getting out in time. :(

    Once they hatch: I know they need heat. Can I just use a heat lamp? I know they need water to drink that they can't swim in. Do I use shavings or newspaper? Is regular chick starter feed okay to feed them? Do they need to be kept in a closed container or can it be open?

    Sorry for all of the questions, I have a million things I am thinking about. I want to keep as many alive as I can! To anyone who takes the time to answer this, THANK YOU!!! I appreciate it.
     
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  2. mammaofmiracles

    mammaofmiracles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I found 6 duck eggs and I'm so very new to this!! I'm in the same boat as you!! I'm so scared and the eggs have only been in my homemade incubator for 5 days (today is day 6) and I'm so scared I'm doing something wrong!!
     
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    mammaofmiracles Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. ChickenMomma19

    ChickenMomma19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good luck! I hope it all works out! I just flipped mine again this morning I am on day 24 and I can feel the life inside the eggs! It is such a relief!! I don't know when I should stop flipping them, I don't want them to suffocate but I don't want to not rotate them. :/ SO lost. I am trying to think like a duck. Also I have heard a lot of controversy over whether or not you should dampen the egg shells. Man, this is hard! I just can't wait!! :love
     
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  5. mammaofmiracles

    mammaofmiracles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think from what I've read you go into lock down on either day 25 or 26 and make sure the humidity is like 70% or something like that!
    Omg how exciting!!!What incubator did you use??
    I just ordered little giant 9300.
    Do you mind if I ask your process on what you did once you started up your incubator?
     
  6. ChickenMomma19

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    We were actually in the middle of an incubation with our homemade incubator when it overheated and cooked all of our eggs, so my brother gave us a reptile incubator, Exo Terra, which made me super nervous but I did some research and decided to go ahead.
    We flip the eggs Three times a day. We try to lightly mist them once a day- this part seemed super controversial and I couldn't decide what to do. There is a stack of paper towels in the bottom that we keep wet as well as a cup of water. We marked the tops and bottoms of the eggs- to help with flipping. We candled them a few times- not on specific days. It's been such a long and short 24 days. It was so fast. I have no idea if we are doing it right or not. I have done so much research and studying I should feel more confident, but it is over a dozen lives I'm dealing with so I'm nervous.

    We were planning a camping trip this weekend (the hatch should be Saturday) and forgot to figure in the hatch. My husband said We can't go camping this weekend we will be in labor. ;) He is just as excited as I am!
     
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    mammaofmiracles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I'm so excited for you!!! I can't wait to hear about this!! Hope I'm not bugging you! I'm so nervous but excited. I think developement for these eggs have stopped :(
    I'm pretty sure I see a blood ring. But it's hard because I honestly have no idea what I'm looking at. But now I've entered this whole world of incubating and ducklings and I just ordered my first ever 8 pekin duck eggs!!! I'm already so invested and in love! But I heard shipped eggs don't really hatch :(
     
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    ChickenMomma19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not a bother at all!! I love sharing! I need the help too so if I can help you at the same time it would be great! I found a good picture of egg development, I will try to find it again. I'm not to sure about that, I never would have thought to hatch my own if I didn't have them already laying in my backyard!
     
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    mammaofmiracles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you looking into lockdown tomorrow? Ahhh I'm nervous and excited for you!! Any update on them? Did you candle them at all today?
     
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    We usually candle them at night. I went to do my midday flip and WE HAD A PIP!! I'm so excited! So now I don't know if I should start the lockdown today or tomorrow. Ahhh. The peeping is louder and there Ian a pip but only in one! Any suggestions? Should I still candle tonight, or start lockdown now? Yay!! Thank you!!
     
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