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misting and cooling duck hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Christopher12, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Christopher12

    Christopher12 New Egg

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    Today I am putting 15 mallard duck eggs in a little giant circulated air incubator. This is my first time hatching duck eggs and I was wondering if I should mist and cool them or not, and if I do, how would I mist and cool the eggs and for how long? I have heard that if you do it incorrectly, that it can damage the membrane [​IMG]. I really need to know how to mist and cool them! [​IMG]
     
  2. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG]. Glad you joined us.

    Some people don't mist or cool off ducks & some do. I think it's one of those things that you have to decide what works best for you. I'm one that does do the misting & cool off period & have had great results. Even how it's done is slightly different, though, from person to person. Some people use room temp water, some use warm water, some start at 5 days, others a little later, etc. I mist with room temp water starting after day 7 & only once a day, but like I said everybody is different.

    Here's a link to Metzer's incubation page with lots of info: http://www.metzerfarms.com/IncubatingAndHatching.cfm
    And a few threads about misting/cooling off: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=407237
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=168794
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=481090&p=1

    Good
    luck & hope you have a great hatch [​IMG]
     
  3. Christopher12

    Christopher12 New Egg

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    Thank you so much,[​IMG] I have decided to mist and cool the eggs but I have no idea when to start cooling and misting the eggs. Some people start at day 7 and some start at day 10. Out of those two dates, which do you suppose is better?

    And another question, when cooling and misting; do you take the eggs out of the incubator and set them on a towel, and after the eggs feel not to warn or not to cold, mist them with a misting bottle, then set them back in every day until its day 25, right?
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    I candle at day 3 and again on day 6. On day 7 I start misting them once a day with room temp water once a day. Candle again on day 10, remove clears if any and go forward.
     
  5. Christopher12

    Christopher12 New Egg

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    Do you also cool?
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    They cool when misted, no real leave the top open and cool down.
     
  7. Christopher12

    Christopher12 New Egg

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    thank you and I will follow your advise [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011
  8. Glaseria

    Glaseria Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for posting this! I've never even heard of misting and cooking the eggs. I'm super excited to give it a try though! Again thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Your Fellow Homesteader,
    Glaseria
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