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incubating duck eggs

Posted by nuttyma (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 27, 11 at 17:29

I am having problems at the end of incubation the ducks don't hatch they die I don't know what I am doning worng I have done two tries now and only got one egg. It is very hart breaking my humidity is at 65% for 27 days the 85% for the 3 days of hatching and my temp is 99.5. The ducks fully devellop but do not pippe out or they get so big they can not move in the egg to work there way out. Anybody have any ideas

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RE: incubating duck eggs

It could be any number of things. I would first double check the thermometer and the hydromenter in the incubator. How often the eggs are turned also plays a roll.
The following forum may be of help:

The link below has a lot of good, basic info. I used to raise hookbills and once pipping started, and I knew the chick was in trouble, I didn't hesitate to help. It's a long tedious process but quite rewarding if you're confident in your ability to help the chick.
Google for more info on aiding a hatchling if you want to try it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basic info

RE: incubating duck eggs

I dont mind helping at all but they never made it to pipping the one that did make it I helped once I saw it was pipping. Then that is when I checked the rest and they all were dead settled at the bottom of the bigger end of the egg. The eggs still had liqued in it but the duck itself looked dried out at the air pocket end when i broke the egg open to see if they were alive and i did this very slowly and made a small hole with tweezers. I also bought a new thermometer/hydromenter after the first batch did not make it. I also have a auto turner.

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