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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by taznmacp, May 2, 2016.

  1. taznmacp

    taznmacp Out Of The Brooder

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    My name is Melissa and live in Wisconsin. I have 6 duck eggs in an incubator. The mom was attacked and the rest of the babies were eaten. I have no idea what I'm looking at when candling. They should be hatching next week I think....not sure how long mom was on the nest first. Can I put a washcloth at the bottom of the incubator prior to them hatching? What are some signs that they should be put in lockdown?
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome Melissa

    Glad you could join us here! Yes you can add a wash cloth, is it to get the humidity higher? The more surface area of water the higher the humidity. Towards the end of incubation the eggs should look pretty full of duckling. If you type duck candling in the search box above pics should come up on them.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. taznmacp

    taznmacp Out Of The Brooder

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    I was going to add the washcloth for humidity and because the bottom of the incubator has little holes in it. I am driving myself nuts with theses eggs! I candle them and am not sure what I am looking at. They have grown and now take up most of the egg- it's dark. The air sacrifice looks good. I have never seen blood vessels or movement but the ducks are growing. Is there any other way to know if they are alive?
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a duck candling chart ~

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  5. taznmacp

    taznmacp Out Of The Brooder

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    They look between 24 and 26. When should I stop turning them? Do I open the vents?
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I would stop turning now and get all vents open.

    Good luck :fl
     
  7. taznmacp

    taznmacp Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok...thanks for the help! I am so nervous!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sending great hatching vibes your way- [​IMG] Hope you will post an update.
     
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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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