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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:13 am 
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Ducklings due today. First egg pipped 24 hours ago but has not progressed. Since then quite a few others showing signs of hatching but nothing happening. Humidity between 65 and 70 (as per incubator instructions). Should I mist the eggs, but to do that I would have to open the incubator? Or just wait and see what happens?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:05 am 
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My limited experience with successfully hatching ducklings in an incubator, and based on advice from previous threads is that humidity can't be too high for ducklings. They need much more humidity than chickens. But first, what breed are they and what date were they set?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:08 am 
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They can pip then not progress much for a long time, mch longer than chickens. As Sue said, very high humidity is important now too, so take care not to open the incubator as you'll instantly let the humidity escape each time you do that.

Also if they are due today and only just pipped, they're late, so possibly the incubation temp was slightly too low.

The other thing, Muscovy ducks (if that's what you have) can be quite difficult to hatch in an incubator. They generally hatch really well under a duck or a hen but poorly in an incubator.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:15 pm 
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Thanks for your replies. Everything ok now, hatching progressing with 7 hatched out of 22 eggs so far. I have Cayuga duck eggs and used my new Brinsea incubator for the first time. I found, when they were hatching though, there was not enough room, also it was harder to maintain high humidity without opening the lid, so quickly transferred them to a second incubator which has much more room, and things seem to be progressing good now. So, the best thing for me is to incubate them in the Brinsea and then hatch them in a larger incubator. It is certainly a learning curve, it's exciting when it all works out ok.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:48 pm 
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Great! Ducklings take a loooong time. No action 24-48 hrs after pipping is pretty normal. And agree that humidity cannot be too high.

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