Yolks keep breaking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jmpeters, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What causes yolks to break in the incubator? I only have one hen, i made one incubator cor the first 25 days and made a seperate hatching incubator to put the egg in after that. but everyday I put the egg in the incubator and so far the first 6 eggs have been broken by day 5. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What temps were you using?

    Humidity Levels?
     
  3. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temp varies from 98.9-100.1 and the humidity stays at 55%.
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    what do you mean the eggs are broken? Like the shell is broken open and contents everywhere?

    are you hand turning?

    do you have small children who could be "helping"?
     
  5. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no sorry, when I candle the egg, the yolk inside is broke. Till my motor for the egg turner I built comes in, I am turning by hand. I only have time to turn them 3 times a day. At 6am, 4pm, and 11 pm. My kids are only home when I'm home so they can't turn them anymore.
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    have you cracked the eggs open to confirm the yolks are broken?
     
  7. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I haven't but when I candle them, it's not even round. If I hold it on its side and candle it, the yolk will take up the whole side, not no round shape. Sorry I can't describe it any better. It's just clearly broke.
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    if you havent cracked one open you wont know for sure, its a guess at best. Is this your first time incubating eggs?
     
  9. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ill crack one open when i get home to make sure. Yes it's my first time incubating. Never had ducks (or any other poultry or fowl) before either till this spring. Planned on having 8 ducks, ended up with 12, then raccoons killed all but 2 in one night. One male, one female, thought that was kinda lucky despite losing the rest. So I figured I'd try to incubate some.
     
  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    ok since I am a visual person here are a couple of candled eggs (just took these)


    Fresh duck egg from our Silver Appleyards laid in the last 2-3 days
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    Newly arrived SHIPPED egg for hatching ordered on Saturday. Shipped Monday, arrived today (Wednesday)

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