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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by skillswife, May 19, 2011.
Yep 100% of my eggs hatched and I now have 7 cuties freshly out of the bator. Aren't they cute
The Cutest Ever!!!!
awww soo cute! i LOVE the one that curled up and fell asleep in the waterer ! lol! adorable. congrats on the great hatch! what breed are they?
Awww, they look like dolls when they sleep like that.
I've seen day old wild ducklings just fall asleep all at once while swimming and just float along.
So I asked my MIL what the ducks she has are. Her response was, a mallard drake, a black drake, a mallard female and a white female and drake. Hmmm that really isn't helpful. Apparently the mallard drake flew away shortly after fertilizing the eggs, lol.
They are getting cuter every day
One concern though....I would put some marbles or something in the waterer so they can't drown in it.Maybe I'm overly cautious but I do that with all my baby birds for the first week or so
Putting marbles in the waterer like people do for chickens or quail will stop the ducklings from being able to clear out their nostrils.
They sure are cute...I love seeing them falling asleep with their heads in that forward position.
Wow! 100%?! that's awesome! I'm so excited for you.
Glad the traditional way of laying them on the side worked for you so well.
Any tips or special things you did for them? Did you have to help any of them?
They're sooooooooooOooOoo cute. Especially love the one near the water feeder. Congrats!!
I think the biggest thing was keeping the humidity up. I have a syringe with a needle that I would stick down the vent holes and spray, it seemed to help keep the humidity up well, especially when they pipped. I did have to help the last one a bit, mainly because it had been quite a while since it pipped and everyone else was getting crazy in the bator and pecking eachother. So I made sure the bathroom was humid opened things up took the others out and then carefully peeled away the shell where the cracks from the pip were. That seemed to be enough to give the little guy some motivation, then I dampened the egg and put it back in the bater. Wasn't long before it was out running around. I don't think my conditions were perfect by any means but I got lucky, lol.
As for adding marbles, I tried that with the batch of ducklings I had, I didn't hatch them,but they had trouble getting enough water to help them eat correctly. At least with this particular waterer.
Quote:Well,maybe I have no life, but I allow them to do that several times a day...but when I am not watching....the marbles go back in.... anyway,they seem fine and they are as cute as ever!