Hatching duckling help please

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  1. frejaarose

    frejaarose Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am hatch my own ducklings. They are due a week on Saturday. I just wondered if someone can run me through what to do if the last 3 days? Like temp humidity and I don't turn them right? I've done lots of research but just found lots of different answers and want to make sure I do it right. I just have a small incubator without a fan if this helps.
    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Here's another one @RavynFallen She is one of our experts here on BYC!!

    Welcome to BYC @frejaarose
     
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  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    What kind of ducks are you hatching? Still air incubators should be set slightly higher than ones with a fan, 101-102 is a good range... yes, you stop turning 3 days before due date and up the humidity... I aim for 65% but anywhere from 65-70 is great, I tend to stay below 75 though...

    Have you candled them? How do the air cells look? If they look too small, misting them once a day will actually help pull more moisture out and help the air cell growth...
     
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  4. frejaarose

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    They are black east indian and yes the temperature has been around that give or take so all good. Yes I ve candled them and 3 out of 6 are looking good and moving around inside. I think the air cells look good. I can try and get a picture.
    So the day I stop turning is that when I raise the humidity or do I wait till I see signs of hatching before o raise it? Thanks
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Sounds good! A pic of air cells would be good if you can, just to make sure... :)

    You can either up humidity when you stop turning or wait til first pip, that's a personal choice... unless air cells are a bit big or a bit small... if they're a bit small, I'd wait til first pip, if a bit big then I'd up it when you stop turning...
     
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    Here is the best picture I can get. I think they are around the right size but obviously you will know better!
     
  7. Ravynscroft

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    What day are they on?
     
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  9. Ravynscroft

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    Looks like it's drawing down too... from what I can tell, air cell looks ok... :)
     
  10. frejaarose

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    Ahh great :) so when do you think I should up the humidity? And do I do anything with the temperature or does it stay the same? I've read I am meant to lower it slightly but just want to double check what to do! Thanks
     

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