More Hatching Questions.....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Calebs Acre, May 12, 2009.

  1. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK...I can use some advice because this HAS to be MY problem and not the incubator or hatcher problem.....

    Three hatches in a row, I have had over 20 runner duck eggs in the incubator...THREE different incubators. Throughout the incubation period, we've had VERY good luck at keeping both the temperature and humidity steady with no peaks or dips and at the prescribed numbers. We have DOUBLE thermometers and both a calibrated hygrometer and a wet bulb.

    BUT, during the hatching period, the runners start to hatch EARLY and then it takes 4-5 days for the eggs to hatch. This means that we have to remove ducklings and open the hatcher before the entire hatch is finished. We keep the humidity high and we spray the eggs when we have to open the top of the incubator and we HURRY to get it shut again. We try to open it as little as possible.

    The early ducklings hatch fast. The middle duckings hatch slower and then there is a large number of eggs who never hatch.

    They all candle well, but it's the hatching process that seems to be my problem. I have a friend who removes the hatchlings the minute they hatch and she opens the incubator/hatcher and sprays and doesn't have the problem. I've done things EXACTLY as she does, but I don't have her results.

    I am open to all suggestions, advice, information, and comments. I want to figure this out and learn in the process. We had one duckling die half-pipped tonight and the duckling after him was slightly dry in the shell, yet the humidity is right on.
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Hopefully someone with more experience will stop by. I have only tried 2 hatches in homemade incubators. The first incubator broke and I had to rebuild it in the middle. Only one hatched out of 6. I put 4 in the rebuilt bator, 2 hatched and one died at a couple of days.

    My issue was humidity.
     
  3. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several incubators....two Genesis, a regular window style HovaBator and a Humidaire redwood cabinet incubator. I have used my incubators as hatchers AND a homemade hatcher. This is why I think I am doing something wrong.

    I think I am going to start doing what Dennis Fuller of Wapsi Waterfowl does.....he waits until they pip to move them to the hatcher. That way I don't have unpipped eggs in there when they are hatching at such a wide range of dates.

    Maybe I am screwing up the humidity taking out the babies. Thanks for the company, though, Wifezilla. I appreciate the comment and wish you luck!
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I am going to upgrade my thermostat and my hygrometer and try again later in the year. I have to wait for my little rouen boy to become a man. (Ok, he's not so little at 9 weeks, but he is still just a cute baby. A HUGE cute baby, but a baby none the less [​IMG] )
     
  5. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hygrometer AND wet bulb BOTH read the correct humidity, but we just had an egg pip and the duckling died...that's two in a row. AND they are dry inside the egg. We haven't opened the bator since before the last egg pipped. This is really frustrating me!! (Plus it is upsetting).
     

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