Tips for Getting a Higher Hatch Rate with Duck Eggs

The things you need to know in order to have a high hatch rate when incubating duck eggs. Plus, how to build "the best" homemade incubator.

The same principles that apply to hatching chicken eggs can be applied to duck eggs. With the last batch of 18 duck eggs I incubated, 12 hatched, 1 died sometime in the last week of incubation for unknown reasons, and 5 were clear eggs. I didn’t candle the eggs, so I didn’t remove the clear eggs. This was a 66% hatch rate. A 50% hatch rate is considered very good.

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Get to Know the Duck Breeds

If you plan to raise ducks on your homestead, it is important to choose a duck breed that best suits your particular needs.

Over the years ducks have been bred for different purposes, primarily meat production and egg production. If you plan to raise ducks on your homestead, it is important to choose a duck breed that best suits your particular needs. All domesticated duck breeds originated from the mallard. The male mallard has a couple of curled tail feathers, called sex feathers. No other non-domesticated ducks have these sex feathers.

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Seasonal Guide to Duck Molting

Ducks actually have a couple of molting phases and each one looks different. The effects are most obvious in drakes. Spring, summer and fall molts.

It looked like there was a pillow fight in my yard last night. You see, ducks don’t molt like chickens do. They actually have a couple of molts and each one looks different. The effects are most obvious in drakes. Find out about eclipse molts, big summer molts and the really cool thing about fall molts with drakes.

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Why Hens Stop Laying Eggs

Have your laying hens stopped laying eggs? It is most likely for one of these fairly common reasons: Molt, inadequate light, poor nutrition, stress, or parasites.

I got an email from a friend of mine who was worried about her hens. She was concerned that they looked disheveled and had stopped laying. I asked her to investigate further, but with 18 month old chickens in the fall, I was hedging my bets that her birds had stopped laying for the most prevalent reason laying hens stop laying.

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FREE Protein for Nocturnal Poultry

What if I told you I had a free method of increasing your poultry's protein levels while allowing them to hone in on their natural instincts? A solar bug trap!

Do you shell out the big bucks for protein supplements for your poultry? During molting season poultry owners will stop and almost nothing to “up” their poultry’s protein consumption. What if I told you I had a free method of increasing your birds’ protein levels while allowing them to hone in on their natural instincts?

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How to Make Electrolytes for Birds

Electrolytes are something you should have on hand. This water-soluble solution is perfect for heat stress, dehydration, illness, general stress and more.

Electrolytes are just one of the things that you should have in your Poultry First Aid Kit. This water-soluble solution is perfect for heat stress, dehydration, illness, general stress and more. Get my thoughts on Sav-a-Chick and discover my homemade recipes for electrolytes. Find out what is safe to use in emergencies.

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