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This month I invested in the cheapest incubator I could find (around $40) and now am getting ready to hatch 7 duck eggs! Also someone on another board just sold me 12 fertilized chick eggs!<br><br>
does anyone have any tips for me? the duck eggs are going in the incubator today. I am so excited! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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oh that's awesome! Where did you find an incubator for forty??? No advice here, just a touch of envy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'd love to incubate duck eggs, or even better, keet eggs.
 

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I got it on ebay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
the eggs are now incubating!
 

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Cool! Make sure you show us a pic or two of the babies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I will if they actually hatch!<br><br>
keep your <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br>
26 more days!!!!!!!!!!
 

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the thermometer is acting wonky. so these may not hatch after all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I will be candling these on Tues. to see if anything is growing!
 

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We have a home-made incubator. We use a battery-operated thermometer - digital - that has a long cable. It's intended for RVs I think, so folk know indoor and outdoor temps. Anyhow, it works very well. In case you can get your hands on one quickly (try a hardware store) you might still salvage this batch. Remember - cooler (up to 96*F) is muuuuch better than too hot.<br><br>
I hope the candling goes well. I'm kind of obsessive about it and check daily if not more. The window where you can see heartbeats is quite small and that's fun to catch. In any case, if you lose a bunch, take heart - you can do it again right away .... just as soon as you tweak the incubator.<br><br>
We got a dozen chick eggs, oh, 19 days ago! We've lost two so far. They should be hatching Saturday. We've used a homemade incubator before with very good success. If you have any questions I'll try to help.
 

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cool, a hatching buddy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
yeah we are off to see if we can find one at walmart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
(someone on another board told me they should have them. the one with the probe)<br><br>
I am turning the eggs several times a day! it's a havo bator btw. I will invest in th egg turner and fan eventually...<br><br>
we have 10 chick eggs coming next week from someone on the homesteading board. (I'm iso of more too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">) anyway I thought I could just add them in with the duck eggs, but was told it may raise the temp too much? any advice? I won't be able to store the chick eggs for 20 days though right?<br><br>
well if these are a no go on Tues, at least I can do the chick eggs with no worries anyhow! I will keep trying until I get it going!<br><br>
btw what did you make your incubator out of?
 

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AFAIK, chick eggs can store 5 or 6 days, max. After that the viability diminishes quite rapidly. At least that's what I've read.<br><br>
How are you regulating the temps? We have the eggs in a box and we regulate the temp by sliding the top of the box opened and closed. If you're adding chick eggs, and you're regulating the temperature by hand, and if the incubation temps for chicks and ducks is the same, you should be okay. Range for chicks is<br>
98-102 for still-air incubators, I think. Don't know what ducks need. But can a duck butt be that much different from a chicken butt? Hmmm.<br><br>
You're gonna laugh at the incubator, though. It's pretty simple. If the candling goes well and it looks like you might have two different hatch dates, I'd try to get a second incubator working.<br><br>
Currently we are using a clear rubbermaid box - a large one about the size of a large cooler. In the bottom we have about an inch and a half of water. We put a small pan in the bottom - like a cake pan. The purpose of the pan is to keep a piece of hardware mesh elevated. The mesh is what the eggs rest on (kinda tricky - they roll around sometimes and it takes a steady hand).<br><br>
In the middle of the mesh we have a 25 watt lightbulb (we used red) in a simple decorative light socket. We found the socket at a local catch-all store. If you need details on the socket PM me and I"ll send you a pic. We insulated the box by wrapping it on the outside with a sleeping bag. We also used some sticky-back insulation stuff on the inside walls. We had it hanging around.<br><br>
Our first box was better because we were somehow able to find a cooler big enough to work. Insulated containers will work well. If you can find a large enough cooler that would be your best bet.<br><br>
For the top, we used a piece of plexiglass (we save scraps of a LOT of stuff - comes in handy) - also lined with sticky insulation stuff.<br><br>
Should have just taken a pic!
 

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oh please post a pic when you get a chance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
btw I got the temp adjusted without having to get the new thermometer. we'll see what happens..
 

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Glad to hear you got the temp settled down. Yay!<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157600232503301/" target="_blank">Here</a> are a few pictures of the setup. Let me know if you have any questions about it. Oh, and we kind of messed up on the hardware wire part. I cut it just a bit too small and a quicker than a blink a newborn fell into the gap and into the water below. It was rescued and is doing fine now. And we got towels in to fill the gaps pretty darn quickly.<br><br>
We have five new peeps now. Five eggs left to go in the incubator.<br><br>
The incubator is in the computer room, and it was magical to hear that first peep yesterday afternoon!
 

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awwwwwwwwwwww! baby chicks are so sweet!
 

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Can I join the chick hatching tribe? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I have 12 chicken eggs in the incubator. It has been 7 days today and all look fertile! Only 14 more days and hopefully they will all hatch. I can't wait!
 

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Just cleaned out the incubator. If anyone wants that bulb base I used, PM me and I'll put it in a mailer for you. I won't be needing one for a while.<br><br>
Also put up a couple more pictures on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/506680413/in/set-72157600232503301/" target="_blank">flickr</a>. Please, if you know anything about Golden Sex Link, take a look and tell me what you think. They're a fairly light yellow on their backs/butts, but have reddish/golden on around their necks and on their heads. I really want hens. Tell me these are hens. Please.<br><br>
And yes - more chick hatching news/pics! They are sooooo adorable.
 

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I put 7 muscovy duck eggs and 28 ameracauna chicken eggs in at the start of May. It looks like about a third have a chance of hatching. Candling has been the most challenging part for me... but I seem to be figuring it out. 4 days until I stop turning the chicken eggs. Time to start thinking about a brooder!
 

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Oooooh! I love to candle them. I'm a bit obsessive about it. I just use a toilet paper tube and a small but powerful flashlight. Stick the flashlight in one end and hold the egg up against the other end, in a dark (darker the better) room.<br><br>
Once they get big, it gets harder to see them. Try aiming the light at kind of an angle at the larger end of the egg.<br><br>
Here chick chick chick!
 

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I tried candling my eggs today. I am having trouble too with the candling... I am pretty positive they are a no go, but am not sure so I stuck them back in the incubator! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: it's only been 5 days since I started to incubate them. what should I see? a spot? veins? one egg seems like there where whirls of lines (not at all veiny though that I can tell) in it. another is cracked, another is weeping and another seems to have a ring on one end. those I will take out obviously but not sure about the others? (They are asst. duck eggs if that helps, muscovies,khaki campbells,etc)<br><br>
advice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oooooh! I love to candle them. I'm a bit obsessive about it. I just use a toilet paper tube and a small but powerful flashlight. Stick the flashlight in one end and hold the egg up against the other end, in a dark (darker the better) room.<br><br>
Once they get big, it gets harder to see them. Try aiming the light at kind of an angle at the larger end of the egg.<br><br>
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will try the toilet paper tube (if I can scrounge one up that is!)
 

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When you candle them (I just stick a mini Mag Light flashlight against the shell near the big end), you should see a spidery looking thing - a blob in the middle w/little leggy veins going off in all directions. Here's some drawings of what happens inside the egg: <a href="http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/res27-timing.html" target="_blank">http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/res27-timing.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">what should I see? a spot? veins? one egg seems like there where whirls of lines (not at all veiny though that I can tell) in it. another is cracked, another is weeping and another seems to have a ring on one end. those I will take out obviously but not sure about the others?<br>
advice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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This is my first time incubating, candling, hatching and growing birds. It took longer than I thought it would to be able to identify what's going on in the egg. Do remove the ones that are damaged, and keep candling every day or two. By day 10 you should be able to see the changes. By day 15 you'll be much more certain. Keep weeding out the ones you know are bad, break em open so you can see for yourself that you were right. By the time you can see webs of veins or opaque birds it won't be long until the hatch date.
 
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