Hatching my first duck eggs... cayuga and crested whites

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LovinMyPeeps, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. LovinMyPeeps

    LovinMyPeeps Sees Wine Dots

    Mar 22, 2009
    Heuvelton, NY
    So I have my first batch ever of duck eggs in the bator. Temp is holding steady between 99.7 and 100 and humidity is at 78% I'm on day 26, is there anything else I need to be doing for these guys? I've hatched oodles of shicken eggs, but never ducks. I want to be a good duck mom! [​IMG]
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Sounds about right. Good luck!! Did you candle before locking down? If they haven't pipped, you can still do this. I like to look and see if any of them have their little bills in the air cell--if they do, you'll know it's 24 hours or so before they pip externally. I also like to trace the air cell with a pencil, so I know how large it is and where it's located. Then I can position the eggs so that I can see when they pip (they nearly always pip inside the air cell).

    Finally, it gives me information I can use later. I have discovered that my hatches are much better when air cells are large. This information helps me modify my incubating practices to achieve the air cell size I want.

    Of course, if it's your first time, then you probably aren't worried about that so much yet, and you don't need to. It's just something I like to do.

    What you *do* need to worry about is not worrying, lol. That is to say--chicken eggs hatch much more quickly than ducks. From the time that my ducks pip the outer shell until they hatch is usually about 36-48 hours. If you get worried and try to help them before that time, they will hatch premature and have a harder time.

    Have fun!!!
  3. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Yay! [​IMG] Good luck with you'r hatch. [​IMG]
  4. LovinMyPeeps

    LovinMyPeeps Sees Wine Dots

    Mar 22, 2009
    Heuvelton, NY
    Quote:Thanks for the info! If I saw a 24 hour old pip I probably would have freaked! I didn't recandle because I candle all of the ones I put in and they all had active movement. I figured that was good. The idea of marking the air cells intrigues me. This is my last hatch this year, but I'll put that in my "hatching book" as I think it's a really good idea for the chicken eggs too! It would give me a good idea whether or not the hatchling is in trouble.

    I cant WAIT for these ducklings [​IMG]

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