Hatching call duck eggs

Hatching call duck eggs
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More than anything, a post on hatching call duck eggs might be just to show off some of this incredible cuteness. I mean, it is really too much!

Hatching call duck eggs

If you are receiving your eggs through the mail, unwrap them carefully and allow the eggs to rest (blunt end upward) for 24 hours before setting in your incubator.  

Eggs may not be perfectly clean, but that’s okay. If there are large chunks of debris on them you can remove them with a fingernail. I have also used a small piece of very fine grade sandpaper to clean. The key here is to avoid using liquids that could allow bacteria to enter the egg.

Much of the information available on incubating and hatching chicken eggs can be applied to ducks, as long as the important differences between these two species are taken into account. Since duck eggs take 28 days to hatch instead of 21, you may need to adjust your incubator.

Hatching call duck eggs

Hatching call duck eggs should be turned (either by hand or by a turner) from days 1-25 with a relative humidity of 50-55% (52% is ideal). For the last three days of the incubation period do not turn them or open your incubator if at all possible. During this time increase your humidity to 60-65%. Some folks will recommend up to 75% humidity but I find that this lower amount works for me.

I do like to “cool” my eggs for 15-20 minutes each day by removing the lid of the incubator for a little bit. When I put the lid back on I give the eggs a light spritz of water. I do this from day 8 until day 25.

Hatching call duck eggs

The pencil line on the eggs that you see here shows where the air pocket is at in the eggs. I mark this right as the eggs go into “lock down” for their final three days. I’ve found that the ducklings will unzip themselves right along this line when hatching. If I am hatching call duck eggs and I see a pip outside of that mark I can keep a close eye on it to see if assistance is needed.

Hatching call duck eggs

There is lots of information online, but I really like the details at https://www.metzerfarms.com/ They have a very nice visual of what hatching call duck eggs should look like when candled during their development.

Hatching call duck eggs

7 Comments

  1. Nice article, some good info for the kids as well. Thanks.

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  2. where can you get call duck eggs online? I haven’t been able to find any anywhere

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    • I know this sounds cliche, but have you tried EBay? There are some really great sellers on there. I would also say don’t be afraid to look up sellers on there and then do some investigating online to see if you can reach out to them and purchase directly.

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  3. I am having issues hatching my call duck eggs in a incubator. I dont have issues hatching regular ducks, do i need to do something different with call ducks

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    • Call duck eggs are notoriously difficult to hatch. The crazy part is that the really good, show quality ducks are the hardest because of their small bills! I can tell you that they do best when turned on their sides (instead of upright) and with a spray of water and cooling period each day.

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  4. I have a nest of call ducks that are close to hatching but the mom has disappeared within the last 24 hours! How long will they last without her sitting in them and how do I know how far along in development they are?

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    • Yikes! I hope I’m not too late getting back to you. Calls are notorious for leaving their nests right before hatching. At this point I would put them in an incubator. Since you’ve likely had warm weather it isn’t nearly as terrible as unattended eggs in February. Try looking at this guide for comparison to figure out how old they are: https://www.metzerfarms.com/Candling.cfm. And let me know how this turns out! Good luck

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