Hatching ducklings - need assistance. :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by minirexmom, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. minirexmom

    minirexmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Pekin duck that has been setting on 12 eggs. She has left the nest with 11 ducklings so I went out and checked her nest and there is one egg still in it and it is half hatched. She doesn't seem to interested in returning to the nest.

    I am not sure if I should intervene and if so, how to go about ensuring that this duckling hatches out safely.

    Any advice?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    It needs to stay warm. Do you have a heating blanket or even a desk lamp?
     
  3. minirexmom

    minirexmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an incubator, a lamp for our chicken brooder or a regular 60 watt lamp bulb.
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Just put the egg in the incubator and make sure the humidity is up.
     
  5. minirexmom

    minirexmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have never used the incubator before. We just borrowed it from the Ag teacher at our local high school. It is a Hova-bator 2362. I put water in the middle tray section and the temp is about 100.

    Is that reasonable?
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    That sounds about right. You shouldn't need to keep her in there too long since she's started hatching. You just need it reasonably moist and warm! 99-100 degrees at this point.
     
  7. Wifezilla

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  8. minirexmom

    minirexmom Out Of The Brooder

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    About how long does it usually take them to hatch? He is remaining firm in his shell and the membrane is pretty papery dry. there is a hole big enough for his beak (and a tad more) to poke out but that is about it.
     
  9. Wifezilla

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    If the membrane is dry you may need more humidity. It took my duck 3 days from the time they pipped until they actually got out of the egg.
     
  10. minirexmom

    minirexmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Many thanks to all the replies! I am pretty new to the poultry part of animal husbandry. [​IMG]
     

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