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Why can't I hatch any eggs????? GRRRR

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PoultryBird12, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. I've been trying for the last two months to hatch eggs that my pekins have laid. I have a male mallard, and I see him on top of the female pekins . . . and the next day, I grab her eggs, crack one open to see if it's fertile . . . and it is, then I put the other ones in my incubator, wait a couple days-a week . . . Candle them, AND THEY HAVEN'T GROWN. This has happened about four times. Is it to early in the year for ducks to hatch or what?? HELP, PLEASE!
  2. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Sorry, I'm no help, but I will await an answer with you...
  3. Thank you! [​IMG]
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster 5 Years

    Jul 18, 2013
    Do you know anyone else with an incubator? If so, if they would try and hatch some of your eggs and the eggs hatched, then it could be your incubator. Conversely, if they didn't, it might be the fault of the eggs or either parent.
    Or if you could get someone else's fertile eggs, even chicken and see if they would hatch in your incubator, then that could tell you if the fault is the incubator's or the eggs'.
  5. Hm. good idea! [​IMG]
  6. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

    May 11, 2013
    I think Dekel may be onto something. Have you calibrated your bator? What kind is it? The cheaper styrofoam ones often don't do their jobs all that well and a lot of eggs incubated in them end up quitting. If your ducks aren't broody yet, that may be the problem. If they ARE broody, have you tried that method?
  7. My ducks aren't broody . . . sadly, and I have hatched guineas and chickens with this incubator . . . although it is a little older . . . we got it in 2009 . . . but I hatched guineas with it last year, and that's why I am confused. :( [​IMG]
  8. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

    May 11, 2013
    A six-year old incubator...yeah, I think it might be past due for an upgrade. :p It may have worked fine for you before, perhaps something happened between then and now. Or another issue could be that it wasn't disinfected properly. Bacteria can persist for years on a smooth surface and then when you put those nice, porous eggs in a warm, moist environment, it's an automatic death sentence.
  9. Yes. True. Sad, but true. I was thinking of getting a new one . . . they're just so expensive . . .:( Got any ideas?
  10. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

    May 11, 2013
    Not really, sadly...I'm a "go big or go home" kinda gal and after losing my first clutch I dropped the cash on an expensive, high-end bator. Lots of people here have built their own with good results, I'm hoping some of them can weigh in!

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