Humidity and duck eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chamelle, May 16, 2008.

  1. Chamelle

    Chamelle Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    I'm incubating Silver Appleyards (today is 27!) I learned recently that my humidity has probably been low the entire time. Probably as much as 10-15%. I started with 21 eggs, from two different sellers. 7 from one seller seemed to be fertile, but none made it more than 10 days. Of the other 14 I have 8 left, and only 5 of those seem to be viable. They are filling the entire egg and movement was seen at the last candling.

    My question is this:

    I now have them in a hova genesis for hatching. Is there any benefit to having higher than the normal hatch humidity now? Any chance of kind of undoing what damage may have been done with low levels earlier?

    Right now humidity is around 83-85 with a wet sock in there. I have been aiming for 80, so I took the red vent cork out and it seems to be going down a bit.

    I sure feel rotten about all the dead ones. Some of the last ones I tossed were so perfect! Little beaks and feet and down and everything. [​IMG]

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