Incubating ducks for the first time

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lilbellalovesducks, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. lilbellalovesducks

    lilbellalovesducks Chirping

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    It has been a very long time since I have been on here. Busy life and all. 2 years ago I became a duck momma to my wonderful black swedish Patch. I felt she was lonely for some of her own kind so last year I bought 3 ducklings plus a friend of mine had a black swedish drake and we mated then together. She played on her eggs like a good momma but our success rate was low. 2 ducklings hatched and that was it. Patch stayed with the other eggs for weeks after. None of them hatched. Of the two that did hatch one passed leaving only her son, who is half perkins (my friends perkin got into the I closure where our swedish where and got in on it to apparently haha). Who has been... doing the deed with our other hens.
    This year I want a higher success rate. We have been collecting eggs regularly and keep finding away more then there should be for 4 hens!!! Yesterday I got 12!!!
    This year I want to incubate them. Problem I am having is the humidity will not rise above 33% in my incubator. It's kinda old. (Picture of it is included)
    I guess I kind need so ideas on raising the humidity.... I have followed the instructions to a T and it has been set up for almost a week I do not know what I'm doing wrong any help would be greatly appreciated also added pictures of ducks because who doesn't like pretty ducks!!! thanks in advance!!
    Bella
     

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  2. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Duck Addict

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    Pretty ducks! Has your hygrometer been properly calibrated?
     
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  4. lilbellalovesducks

    lilbellalovesducks Chirping

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    How do you do that? Maybe not
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Just add more water...
     
  6. lilbellalovesducks

    lilbellalovesducks Chirping

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    This incubator only has one place to add water and its full
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Plugs are in?
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    May I suggest that you get readings from all four corners and the middle of your incubator? I suggest this because the one I have read runs 2-3 degrees warmer in the middle than the corners and edges.
     
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  9. MagpieDucks

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    You can also add an extra dish of water.
     
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