Incubating Duck Eggs with Bad Results

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Grassman 52, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Grassman 52

    Grassman 52 Chirping

    Aug 2, 2012
    Ludlow Mass
    Well it's back to basics - Been tracking temp and humidity for the last 60 days thought I was doing everything correct.
    Targeting 99.5* and 30 - 35 % humidity

    If your instruments are not accurate it doesn't matter!

    When you read the incubation guide the first thing is check your temps with multiple thermometers - well I skipped that basic step and have been paying for it. The TRH 158 that came with my Dicky incubator is 2.5 degrees off (on the low side) - checked with a medical thermometer that was right on at 98.6*. I have been cooking my eggs - If I spike at 100, I have really been at 102.5* - no wonder I have been getting so many ducks that get to about 26 - 28 days and die. The ones that hatched have all been early - I thought they were Mules.

    I had great hatches with chickens, but ducks are not as forgiving.

    As we move into hatching season - please learn from my mistake - [​IMG]

    Now I am re-checking everything - Change batteries - calibrate hydrometer and thermometers

    On the bright side I do have 12 cute little ducks that hatched as I go through my learning curve.

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