Incubation progress of Muscovy eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by charlindabob, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. charlindabob

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    Pictures were taken just a short time ago and no progress. I did a quick candle and several seem pretty vigorous in their shell which I take to be a good sign. But I must remember, this is the time many are lost and die in the shell. Like being on pins and needles. I've hatched well over a couple hundred chickens and over a hundred turkeys, quite a few pheasants with no major problem. But ducks are a PITA for me and Muscovys are noted for being hard to hatch. I used to have Mandarins and had many of their eggs in this incubator and had 100% failure. So, I am a little excited at this time......:)

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I bet you are excited. look forward to updates. [​IMG]
     
  3. Just keep an eye on them.. if you think a few are starting to get weak go ahead and enlarge the hole a teeny bit.. but remember.. there is a difference between resting and being weak and ready to die.. so you will have to use your gut to tell you if one needs help

    If you do decide to assist.. GO SLOW.. blood vessels and the yolk take time to be drawn into the body.. and ducks and goslings are slower about it than chickens are

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    I've hatched out shipped mandarin eggs that never saw a broody hen.. so they CAN be hatched out in a bator too... I just used the exact same method I used for my muscovys and had a pretty good hatch rate on them.
     
  4. charlindabob

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    OK, I've followed you so far........lol. How long should one wait after an internal pip before intervention? I realize there isn't a set time and it's not an exact science, but a ball park figure? In other words, when should I begin to worry....

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  6. charlindabob

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    Thank you and I agree 100%. They appear pretty vigorous right now and I will check again in the AM. It has been at least 24 hours since most internally pipped and I drilled a hole. Oxygen "shouldn't" be a problem since I drilled a hole, all vents are open including the one I made (they were always open) and now I have the door ajar. IF they don't dry out, and they shouldn't I would think, they should be good until in the morning at least which would be the beginning of day 33. Maybe they will hatch tonight....................[​IMG]

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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

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  8. charlindabob

    charlindabob Songster

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    Day 33.......some are hatching !!


    @ 0600 this morning, this is what I had:
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    It is now 1230 and I have two more out for a total of three. Nine more are moving around in the shell and I may intervene later this afternoon if they don't hatch. So far, so good, none have died in the shell (knock on wood). I really hate helping them out of the shell as I never know if I should or how far I should go or if it's too early or not. Slow but sure and watch for blood I suppose. The little fellow in the picture I washed off in warm water and used a hair dryer to gently dry him off. He looks a lot better now.

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  9. Dianne88

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    Congratulations!!! So pretty!!! You're doing a great job!!
     
  10. Lol.. see.. my page on how to hatch muscovys isn't too bad after all! [​IMG]

    so many people complain that it's impossible to hatch them.. but I think they are one of the easier species to hatch out
     

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