Need info on hatching duck eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by whitedove, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. whitedove

    whitedove Out Of The Brooder

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    Will soon be receiving some cayuga and pekin eggs to try my hand at hatching. [​IMG] This is our first attempt with ducks and I've come across varying info. What I've come across my husband thinks is too high and insisted I post and see what you all think. The search engine on here isn't so helpful.....so I apologize for repeating. [​IMG]

    So, here's what I've found -

    Days 1-25
    99.5 degrees with 86% humidity

    Days 26 - hatch
    98.5 degrees with 94% humidity

    Is this at all accurate? The humidity seems extremely high, but I've come across several people that swear by it. Any help/opinions/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    That may be a bit on the high side but not by much. Ducks need really high humidity to hatch.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Yeah, humidity issues have been my biggest problem. It doesn't help that I am in a semi-arid area, but watch carefully during the hatch to make sure the membrane doesn't shrink wrap them.
     
  4. newbiechickenowner

    newbiechickenowner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    keep in mind that those are wet bulb readings....they translate roughly into 55% before and then 65%+ at lockdown. ROUGHLY on a digital reader...
     
  5. whitedove

    whitedove Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Did not know this. Thank you.
     
  6. newbiechickenowner

    newbiechickenowner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do know that Metzer farms recommends wet bulb readings as more accurate but I am using a digital until I can find an old style thermometer as I can't get them around here because the mercury is now illegal.
     

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