Need help please.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by emsdial911, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. emsdial911

    emsdial911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The neighbor’s dog killed one of my nesting ducks. So in a panic I went and bought an incubator. It says to stop turning them 3 days before hatch, I have no idea how far along these eggs are my other hens are farther along and ready to hatch but I am not sure when she started sitting on these because they were hidden in a wood pile. Any info would help. I have 14 eggs and I don't want to lose them.
  2. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    Quote:even a general idea of when would make it easier....... I would guess about how long she has been missing from the flock. That will help with a general idea.

    Are you hand turning them? That makes it easiest!

    Duck eggs incubate for 28 days.

    If hand turning, keep the humidity sort of high, and keep hand long as the incubator is not open long each time, they should be OK.

    Sometimes you can tell by candling too ....just remember that what you see in a chicken egg on day 10, will not show in a duck egg until about day 15... Chick Candling Pics
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011
  3. emsdial911

    emsdial911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not seeing any movement [​IMG]
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    It won't hurt to turn right up to hatch.. I have had tons of chicks etc. hatch in the turner.. just take a wild guess .. and It won't be the end of the world if you stop turning a little soon either..
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:I agree with this. I have once or twice forgot about them only to find chicks hatching with turner still going. I imagine they may have been a bit dizzy, but they were fine!

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