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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:28 am 
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Hatchling
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Hi All

My Welsh Harlequin ducks are adults and my one female has been laying for a few months. I collected her eggs for 6 days. Put them in the incubator rotating them three times a day. Candled them at 10 days but there was no growth.

I have heared some breeds need to be laying for a year before you can incubate. Is that the same for Welsh Harlequins? Also are there incubators developed for duck eggs so I don't have to take the lid off three times a day?

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 Post subject: Re: Best duck incubator
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:59 am 
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No need to wait a year. As soon as they’re laying you can set eggs.

You will likely get a better result from an incubator that automatically turns the eggs more often. 3 times a day isn’t enough for duck eggs. I use a RCOM 20 incubator and have it set to turn the eggs every hour (so, 24 times a day). Humidity also needs to be adjustable and you want to set it as high as it can go at hatch time - the RCOM goes up to 70%.

Do you know if your eggs are fertile? If they are, on the yolk you’ll see a small pale circle that looks like a bullseye, with little rings around it. If they are infertile you’ll just a tiny white dot with no rings and no bullseye appearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Best duck incubator
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Thank you. Will look into getting a new incubator that can fit my duck eggs into their rotating holders.


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 Post subject: Re: Best duck incubator
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:23 pm 
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I also have an r com ... would like to know what humidity level you start from ....


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I start with 45% humidity. I find that they don't lose enough moisture if I have it higher. But moisture loss depends on shell thickness as well, which depends on things like the age of the bird and the stage of the season too, so eggs from older or different birds later in the season might lose moisture a bit faster and need higher humidity. I just keep an eye on the developing air cell in case it is getting too big too quickly - if it was I would increase the humidity. But I have never found that I have to. For the last 3 days I put it up to 70%, which is as high as the RCOM will go.

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 Post subject: Re: Best duck incubator
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Thanx Rach .. I will do that in the next batch ....


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