Hatching Perkins first time

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by moodybubbles, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set 9 on feb 17 at 4 pm. 6 were developing on day 7 and the 3 that were not were tossed on day 13-14.

    Humidity is 49-60% temp is 99.5-100.5. The bator is forced air lg. I turn the eggs 5 am 2 pm and 9-10 pm.

    I left both red plugs in. I will stop turning on day Sunday and I believe hatch day to be tues, wed the 15-16th of March.

    The eggs were stored at room temp. Not rotated daily, all not over a week old, the humidity has fluctuated, the temp has been constant although when I used a second thermometer initially it read 99. Now that second thermometer when I checked today reads 97.

    I know not everything has been done by the book perfect. I'm hoping for the best.

    i can't remember if day 1 is the day I set or 24 hours later an day has passed so that is day 1?

    If these ducks hatch, could I possibly set it up so that the mother goose I have could be their momma? I wanted her to hatch for me but she has a nest with 10 of her own infertile goose eggs, she has not gone broody. My plan was for her to hatch and raise but I'm wondering if I could just get her or one of my pekin ducks to raise them? Or is it a must for another fowl to raise them she must have hatched them?

    I know I can't throw baby ducklings who need to be kept warm in with full grown ducks with no momma...maybe is there a way to set up one female duck or goose for the ducklings to imprint upon? And she guide them from almost birth?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Otherwise how do I keep them from imprinting on me? I really wanted the birds to do this job.
     
  4. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did lock Down yesterday morning. One hatched this morning.
     
  5. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Ducks take a long time to hatch unlike chickens. if they have started hang tight, lets see what happens.. Sounds like your doing good so far...
     
  6. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know exactly the time they pipped. The first one was zipped before I even knew it. I got up and thought I heard a tapping, then a bit later checked and saw that the one was almost free completely. The two that I can see a slight Chopin the egg from inside have done nothing for almost 24 hours since I noticed te chip. Actually one of them jumped when I shined the flashlight on it one time. Otherwise nothing.
     

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