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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by arabianequine, Jan 28, 2012.
What temp should it be set at and any other pertinent info would be appreciated?
Humidity 50%-60% first 25 days
Humidity 75%-80% last 3 days
Candle eggs after 7 days, and again at 21-25 days.
Most of all, try to set it and forget it, meaning leave them alone.
Others recommend cooling and spraying the eggs with water, we do not.
i just got my first pekin duck today! number to is on its way. i did everything the post above said however i did mist my eggs every other day
I have 19 Pekin and Rouen duck eggs in a borrowed incubator and I have a few questions:
1- What is the reason for increasing the humidity for the final hatching days? How would that happen with eggs hatched by the mothers?
2- What are the best things to feed newly hatched ducklings?
We bought the two Pekins* we now have from Tractor Supply when they were about a week old and they were already on the standard feed. I saw a video of a woman feeding a new hatchling smashed strawberries but there was no mention of when to start adding standard duck food.
I want to give these babies the best start possible; our two Pekin boys follow us around but will not allow us to get any closer than 3' and touching them is totally out of the question.
*Meet Quigley and RuPaul (we thought he was female until he later developed the curled pin feather of a male! LOL)
The increased humodity at hatch is to help to prevent the membrane from sticking to the duckling.
In all honesty, I run the same humidity for the duration.
As far as stating them on feed, the first day is not to important, but when we move them to a brooder, we provide starter crumbles, and water.
They do fine in finding it, and away they go.
Thank you so much for that information. It is so much fun learning from you folks who have such rich experience. I will let you know how things go with the hatching.
My female stopped laying for now I guess...but thank you for the info. When she starts laying again this will be very helpful.