Hatching Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Axle Quails, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Axle Quails

    Axle Quails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have to let duck eggs cool down ?
     
  2. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that is one of those things that there are vastly different opinions about. Some people do a cool down period with ducks & have great hatches & some people don't & still have great hatches. I do let mine cool down a little.
    Lots of good luck [​IMG]
     
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Mine cool only spindly when I mist them.
     
  4. rocketbunni

    rocketbunni Out Of The Brooder

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    ...do you mean before incubation? or during? i've never heard of this! i'm curious to know more [​IMG] I've just recieved 4 BEI eggs in the post ..cant wait to set them
     
  5. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes please explain more..... cool down when???
     
  6. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    I "believe" that they are referring to "during" incubation. The idea is; After about 10 to 12 days of sitting on her eggs, momma duck gets off of the nest and goes for a swim and a feed... she returns to the nest with wet breast feathers and resumes incubating her eggs. She will repeat this process every couple days or so. Here's what I do: after day 12 of incubation, I take a generic plastic spray bottle, fill it with warm tap water from the "hot" side of the tap, and I mist the eggs "lightly" sometimes I use a damp sponge and wipe the tops of the eggs. This does seem to help the ability of the little ducks to break the egg for hatching. [​IMG]
     
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Quote:X2 somewhere between day 10 and day 13 for starting.
     
  8. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for that reply!
     
  9. rocketbunni

    rocketbunni Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:ok so i repeat this every couple of days? what about during 'lock down' ?
     
  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    At lockdown you increase the humidity and do not open until after they hatch
     

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