Help! First time incubating.


In the Brooder
May 8, 2017
Guyton, Georgia
This is the first time we have owned ducks. We have one male and one female pekin that we got from a neighbor back in October. They have been a joy to watch and take care of. She just started laying on 4/19/17. I made an incubator out of a small styrofoam cooler and am starting out with 6 eggs, which are no older than 10 days. It's only been 2 days but it's been a little hard getting the temp and humidity regulated. If I take water out and start opening holes on the incubator my temp increases to 106 and humidity decreases to 35. If I cover all open holes, add more water with a small sponge my temp is perfect at 99 but humidity is at 65-70. I've tried removing the sponge and water surface but it hasn't helped. Even tried just a damp wash cloth. Does it hurt to have the humidity that high? Also, is it possible that the embryos were killed? It was at 106 for about 4 hours. All the advice I can get would be much appreciated :)

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