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Hello from new member, and question re hatching shiped call duck eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by franella01, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. franella01

    franella01 Hatching

    Feb 24, 2009
    extreme N.E. Indiana
    Hello , wow what a huge forum I'm a poultry lover too, but Had no idea.
    I just purchased call duck eggs over the net for my 11 yr old son, at an auction house. I'm no stranger to the incubater, but havn't ever hatched call duck eggs, and these are being shipped from Ark, to Indiana. any tips would be welcome, (I saw the related thread in the waterfowl area) I'm setting up the bater, wondering how long to let the eggs rest once they get here next week, since they will have been on a plane. What temp and Humidity do they want? I used to have all those printed out and have lost them.
    Thanks Sherrie www.bryrpatch.com
    bus driving mom of 6, 5 boys 11-25 and one 7yr old daughter. Raising ADGA Nubians and Saanen sine 1995 my business is goat milk soap and lotion. Poultry loves include welsumners, speckled sussex, silver appleyards, bourbon red. and anything in blue! wanna get my hands on sebastol geese, and blue orpintons, maybe some BLR wyandottes

  2. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    I would let thelm sit at least one day maybe 2 for good measure that should let the air sack reform at the big end (pointy end down) duck eggs are 28 days to hatch temp 100 till last 3 days then 99.5 (i have found to just leave temp the same) not real sure on humity tho hope some one else may have some more info on that.
  3. The temp should be 99.32 to 99.68 for a forced air incubator.

    Calls are hard to hatch. Ive heard that it is better to hand turn the call duck eggs, 3 times a day, rather than use an automatic turner (like i do).

    They hatch around day 26. Put them in the hatcher and stop turning them on day 23. Raise the humidity to around 70-80%. Sometimes, especially with higher quality calls, they may need help to hatch.

    Here is the link to an article I wrote about helping them hatch.

    humidity for days 1-23 should be around 50%, then boost it up to 70-80% for days 23 until hatch.

    Starting around day 4, cool the eggs for 5-10 min a day, and mist them with warm water during the cooling period. That simulates the mother duck getting off the nest, and going for a swim.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009

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