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New Incubator, Ready to try a hatch again.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Srbenda, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Srbenda

    Srbenda In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    My first attempt at hatching out pekins wasn't a total disaster, but it certainly didn't go well. I have gotten a new incubator, and I am ready to try again. The incubator I have is a on-off custom built bator, made by the previous owner. It's cabinet size, with two shelves, and I think I will have much better control over temperature and humidity with this one.

    A few of the features:

    -A full frontal viewing window, which is made from double paned glass
    -The heating is provided by a wafer thin heating pad, which covers the bottom and goes up two sides of the cabinet about 2/3rds of the way to the top
    -Digital thermometer and a mounted hygrometer
    -Water can be added into the reservoir via the outside, eliminating the need to open the door
    -Two shelves, with room for another turner so I could potentially hatch out 50 ducks at a time, if I were that crazy.
    -Two fans for air movement

    The previous owner/builder also supplied with me daily log books from when she did hatches that show the preciseness and consistency that this bator can provide.

    Now, I just need to find some more fertile Pekin eggs. Anyone in SE PA that has any? I have not dredged through the market to see if there are any. My surviving hen is still laying one a day, but I have not seen the drake mount her yet, I think he's still in recovery.


  2. scarletgal

    scarletgal In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2010
    I am nowhere near you(in Atlanta) but I really enjoy ducks too.I am currently having a custom incubator built and hope it works as well as yours. I currently have a dozen black swedish eggs as well as 24 pekin and about 6-8 call duck eggs going. I am trying to get the knack of call duck hatching. I have discovered ducks do much better when laid on their side and turned several times a day. It appears all my swedes and pekins are developing on schedule and over half f my calls. If the previous owner didnt hatch ducks you might want to try putting the eggs on their sides and turning them several times daily.

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