Hatching ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by stephen k, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. stephen k

    stephen k Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello I'm new to byc an me an my girlfriend have 13hens 2 roosters and 4 ducks and we decided to try our hand at incubating!my ducklings will be in there 2 weeks 2moro.we candled them last night and we could see what looked like a heart beating through the shell!we were amazed!this must be what parents are like watching a scan [​IMG]
     
  2. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Exciting! I hope you have some happy, fluffy ducklings soon! The wait is hard, but worth it! Keep us posted! [​IMG]

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  3. stephen k

    stephen k Out Of The Brooder

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    They will be in the incubator 3 weeks on Friday!is there anything else I should know or expect?i turn them regularly and apply water for humidity when needed?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Have you seen the two threads on hatching in the Stickies at the top of the Duck Forum?
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index


    I have read that there comes a time called lockdown when you must not open the incubator or the humidity will drop, the ducklings will get shrink-wrapped and probably die. I don't mean to scare you, but that seems like a critical bit of information I keep seeing here.
     
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  5. stephen k

    stephen k Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]

    This is my 2 ducks that hatched!there called Bo an Luke.lik Bo an Luke duke from the dukes of hazard only duck [​IMG]
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Wowie! How are they doing? Do you have a thermometer in there? 90F the first week, dropping 5 degrees a week, always room to move away from the heat to a cooler spot.

    Yes, I am a worrywort.

    Congratulations!!![​IMG]
     
  7. sophieoneill

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    Soo cute..what breed of duck are they..and after how many days did they hatch? :) They look a little like Khaki Campbells from the pic :)
     
  8. stephen k

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    I had 6 eggs at the start but 2 of them had nothing in them!3 hatched yesterday and the last 1 was today!there khaki Campbell's!me an my gf are very proud :)
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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