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Old 04-20-2021, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Hatching some abandoned Mallard eggs.

My neighbor found 2 mallard hens that built nests in his shrubs. One in the front yard....one in the back yard. We live on a lake and have mallards that live here year round.

The nest in the front had 12 eggs in it. The back one had 8.



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Old 04-20-2021, 09:03 PM   #2
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Wow mama duck is well camouflaged. They are quick to leave once hatched


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Old 04-20-2021, 09:10 PM   #3
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This morning before dawn something attacked and killed the hen in her nest. They destroy 4 eggs with 8 remaining. All the neighbors were upset that something killed her. We live in neighborhood subdivision and felt sure that hen built a nest in a great spot and would hatch those ducklings.

Probably a cat, coon, or possum did her in.

I have an incubator and grabbed the eggs and put them in. We had raised a pet mallard from an abandoned egg several years ago....so I had to refresh my memory on proper temp and get it humid in the chamber.

We don't know exactly how long the eggs had been in the nest but when I picked them up today you could hear them peeping. So they are getting close....likely 3-5 days away by my best guestimate. It takes ~28 days to hatch them.

Got the eggs marked for turning. Gonna raise them until they are fledged and fly away.



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Old 04-20-2021, 09:14 PM   #4
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This is cool. In to see the progress
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:15 PM   #5
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Great of you to do that Steve. Dang predators.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:15 PM   #6
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If they are peeping stop turning them hatch is emminent
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:18 PM   #7
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Need to work on a solid duck pen....I have a golden retriever....

We are working to put a cage around the other nest at night so this doesn't happen to her too. Then take it off during the day so she can leave to eat/water. Hoping I don't have try and hatch 16 eggs!

Will post updates as they happen.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:27 PM   #8
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If they are peeping stop turning them hatch is emminent
Yeah only turned them once today and after hearing the peeps have "locked them down". Supposed to turn temp down a little and really put the humidity to them until they hatch.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:37 PM   #9
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Humidity should be 50-60%. Any more and the hatchling will be sticky.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:54 PM   #10
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If they are peeping stop turning them hatch is emminent
I was going to chime in, but this sums it up. I usually ran my humidity higher to soften the shells, but I didn't have great success.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:21 PM   #11
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Good on ya for saving the eggs!
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:23 PM   #12
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3 days before hatch date, or if they are peeping, turn the humidity to 65-75%. It makes it easier for the shells to break open.
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Old 04-21-2021, 08:58 PM   #13
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All 8 have started pipping (cracking the external shell)! Hopefully tomorrow we will have some ducklings.

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Old 04-21-2021, 09:20 PM   #14
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All 8 have started pipping (cracking the external shell)! Hopefully tomorrow we will have some ducklings.

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In for the fun, hope you keep this updated seems like a very cool project!!
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:24 PM   #15
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Good work right here! Two thumbs up!
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:33 PM   #16
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I got a 14 ducks eggs going now . Never had much luck hatching them . I also have a peacock sitting on 5 eggs and 5 Muscovy eggs .
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:48 PM   #17
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Good for uncle!
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:59 PM   #18
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We are a few days away from hatching our chicks. Got 36 in the incubator. Going to set them tomorrow or the next. Good luck with the ducklings.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:03 PM   #19
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:04 PM   #20
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:09 PM   #21
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Following. Cool thread.


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Old 04-21-2021, 10:10 PM   #22
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Old 04-22-2021, 12:11 AM   #23
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Your neighbor wouldn’t happen to be named Chris would he?
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Old 04-22-2021, 02:07 AM   #24
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Cool thread, thanks for posting.
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Old 04-22-2021, 05:20 AM   #25
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#ProudDad overnight! 4 hatched so far. Name:  20210422_051050.jpg
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:03 AM   #26
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Pretty cool stuff!
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Old 04-22-2021, 06:09 AM   #27
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#5 arrived

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Old 04-22-2021, 06:34 AM   #28
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:18 AM   #29
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We are going to need some videos of them following you around the yard. Iím thinking you should title them thinking out side the nest.


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Old 04-22-2021, 07:32 AM   #30
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Nice of you to help. We did it 3 years back and won't do it again................
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:36 AM   #31
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Very very cool!
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:38 AM   #32
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Make sure you video it when you teach them how to swim in the lake! LOL

Pretty cool project! I would’ve just put the eggs in the other nest and let the other hen handle them.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:42 AM   #33
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Sounds like a fun project.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:47 AM   #34
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Awesome thread.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:48 AM   #35
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Thats some cool stuff man....
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:54 AM   #36
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:54 AM   #37
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Uncle fish donít forget when you teach them to swim to wear Donald Duck floatie

I didnít think you could raise wild without troubles
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:59 AM   #38
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What do you even feed the little buggers?
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:03 AM   #39
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Congrats DAD...incubated lots of egg in my day either with elect or Cluckin Hen..Even did Surprise lot of eggs..index finger size..found under some stacked logs...Every one hatched SNAKES 20 some chicken snakes...couldn't kill took to woods and (let go)

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Old 04-22-2021, 08:06 AM   #40
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Great Steve! Good stuff here to start the day!
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:09 AM   #41
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Cute lil buggers. 6 have hatched and #7 started pipping and stopped. #8 I don't think is viable.

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Old 04-22-2021, 08:53 AM   #42
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Very cool.

Hope you have some starter feed ready. Hahaha.


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Old 04-22-2021, 08:57 AM   #43
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And #7 just arrived.

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Old 04-22-2021, 09:05 AM   #44
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Cool stuff!
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:14 AM   #45
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You gonna be a great momma Steve!
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:32 AM   #46
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You probably already know this, but don't feed them medicated chick starter.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:37 AM   #47
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awesome! clip the wings and you have some top of the line decoys!
screw a mojo!
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:37 AM   #48
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You gonna be a great momma Steve!
I literally LOLed....thanks my friend!
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:38 AM   #49
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You probably already know this, but don't feed them medicated chick starter.
Yes I have some non-medicated duck starter. Also bought 5lbs of mealworms to give them a little later.

Thx!

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Old 04-22-2021, 09:39 AM   #50
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Super Cool. I'd also like to know what they eat.
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