Raising Ducklings Part 1

Several weeks ago we acquired six Blue Winged Teal duck eggs which we placed in an incubator on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Because duck eggs need turned multiple times per day, we went with an automated egg turner placed inside of the incubator which gently rocks back and forth throughout the day.

During the first 26 days we only opened the incubator when the humidity was below 50% to quickly fill the water reservoir with more warm water. The incubator kept the eggs at 99.5 degrees. On the 26th day, we opened the incubator to remove the egg turner and fill up the reservoir one final time. To our surprise, we heard “cheep, cheep” and realized that one of the ducks was already “pipping.” I thought that was a little early but by Friday morning we had one fully hatched duck and another duck pipping.

On Saturday afternoon, which was 24 hours after the second duck hatched, we moved both birds into their brooder and waited for more eggs to pip. Unfortunately, it is now day 32 we have no other activity on the eggs, so I think we are only getting the two.

The ducklings have settled into life inside of the brooder. They enjoy eating chick-starter feed (same as what I feed my baby chicks) and drinking (more like playing in) water. On day four outside of the incubator, I introduced them to a shallow pool of water to play in and started giving them very small bits of kale as treats. They absolutely love playing and finding the kale treats in the water.

Today marks day five outside of the incubator and they have already grown so much! I can’t believe how big they are getting. Are they not the sweetest thing?

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I just wish more than two had hatched. I’m not sure if it was too hot or if we didn’t have the incubator humid enough… or something else? If you have any ideas, please comment below. Here is the incubator we used and the egg turner for those who are interested in seeing it.

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I’ll post more updates on the ducks soon!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Very cute – I love ducklings!

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