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Trouble after lockdown!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Aliciahess, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, it's been a while since I've been on here.
    I just recently hatched some ducklkngs. I have a little giant incubator, was able to keep temp at 99-100 with humidity at 60-67% after I locked down. Humidity was higher when ducks hatched. I only had about a third of the eggs hatch, all confirmed alive before lockdown. Would the hatched babies affect my success rate by knocking the other eggs around too much? Any suggestions to get a better hatch rate?
    Thanks,
    Alicia
     
  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Alicia,
    I've suspected this to be the case. In my last batch, I had 6 eggs, in a semi circle. If we were to number them clockwise (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) 3 and 6 hatched first. 5 was malpositioned and pipped from the wrong end and 4 died in the shell. Those two got knocked around A LOT while 3 and 6 were hatching, then more after they hatched and they were climbing around the incubator.

    I don't have a solution, but I don't think you're off base. Not all of your deaths may be attributed to hatchlings moving the eggs around, but I don't think it's un-reasonable to think that it may play a role in some decrease in hatch rate.
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should add, that correlation =/= causation.

    That said, I am fastidious about data and notes, and maybe I can improve my own hatch rates by keeping track of this stuff.
     
  4. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have wondered about setting the eggs in a cut down egg carton to maybe stop some of the movement. Any experience in that? Any other suggestions to get a better hatch rate?
     
  5. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think the trouble here is that if the duckling is trying to get out of the egg, you want the egg to be able move.
     
  6. carla9383

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    I just started incubating as well. I have confirmed the chicks are alive and kicking before lockdown begins. I have had 2 batches, on the second batch i opened an egg and the chicks are dead. Can someone help me. I dont know what i am doing wrong for the babies to die.
     
  7. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are your temp and humidity rates? I have been looking around for suggested levels and tried them. Im hoping someone will have a special trick or suggestion i havrnt seen or tried.....[​IMG]
     

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