Hatching & Imprinting Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jenny44, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Jenny44

    Jenny44 Just Hatched

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    Hello!

    I'm wondering about hatching & imprinting ducklings.

    HATCHING
    My first hatch with the Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance EX was chicks, and I had a great hatch rate. However, for my second hatch I plan to try and hatch ducklings. I'm still very new to this, and could use any advice people have as to how I should use this incubator specifically for ducks! I'm a teacher and will be hatching them in class (they have a great home set up with a child's grandparents) so I'd really like to have a successful hatch or there will be a lot of disappointed children! Also, should I hand turn for duck eggs vs letting the incubator turn them in the cradle?


    IMPRINTING
    As a teacher, it would be really fun for the class if the ducklings imprinted on me and followed me around. Is there a way to help make sure they imprint? I know it works well if you have only one duck, but I'm hoping to have several (fingers crossed). Also, they will be going to their permanent home around 3-4 weeks--will that be hard if they are imprinted on me?

    I'd appreciate any help or suggestions--I'm completely new to ducklings!
    - Jenny
     
  2. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id6.html
    That's a good link about understanding imprinting in ducks - and also about the extent of my knowledge [​IMG] .. Sorry I can't be more helpful. I've never hatched ducks before, and know only the bare facts of imprinting in ducklings. I do know how to raise them, though, so instead of writing three pages, I'll take you to another link that should help:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711

    Sorry about my extremely limited knowledge! [​IMG] Good thing Bills vs Beaks is helping you on the other thread.. What breed of ducklings are you hatching?
     
  3. Jenny44

    Jenny44 Just Hatched

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    Thank you very much! I really appreciate it. I think we will be having three different breeds (wild looking ones, small black ones, and big white ones that might be Peking)--however, I'm abroad, so I'm not 100% sure on the translation of the breed names to English :)
     
  4. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The black eggs could be Cayugas:

    [​IMG]

    (P.S. that isn't my picture [​IMG]). Hope you have a successful hatch! Wish my school hatched duck eggs *grumble grumble*. [​IMG]
     
  5. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I am a high school science teacher and have hatched ducks and chickens in class -it's so much fun! According to my AP Biology book, ducks imprint a few hours after hatching on a species not an individual. So they will imprint on you and your students. They then seem to get to know particular people who spend time with them and feed them. I used to talk to and quack at my eggs (yes, I was made fun of) but one duckling made his finally push to hatch after I quacked at him. They all knew my voice right from the beginning.
    As for egg turning, I let the machine do it because I do not want to have to visit school on the weekends to turn eggs. Ducklings need to go home with someone on the weekends though. Hope this helps!
     
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  6. Happy Quack

    Happy Quack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I have read. Talking to the duck eggs while in the incubator helps them to recognize you when they hatch. Also be the first one they see and spend a lot of time with them. I have noticed that the goslings that I have hatched have had a stronger bond with me. It maybe different with someone else. That was just my experience.
     
  7. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my baby hatching when I quack. Happy quack, you are right they do recognize your voice.
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  8. Jenny44

    Jenny44 Just Hatched

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    Thanks everyone for all the info! This is so very helpful :) Really appreciate it!
     
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  9. Jenny44

    Jenny44 Just Hatched

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    cheezenkwackers, Thanks for the advice! As a fellow teacher, I have a few questions :) Did you keep the ducklings in the brooder in your class as well? I did this last year with chicks and it worked out fine, but we used newspaper to line the brooder. Unfortunately, a lot of things online say not use newspaper for ducks b/c it's slippery--however shavings seem like a huge mess/hard to clean in a classroom. Wondering what you did :)
     
  10. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Jenny44 , paper towels could work. They are easily disposable, and rough enough to prevent any leg problems.
     

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