Our First Duckling has hatched
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One of the exciting things about raising chickens and ducks is being able to hatch your own eggs. We are caring for 4 ducks, 2 Rouens (a hen and a drake) and 2 Khaki Campbells (a hen and a drake). Our hens have been laying for a number of months, and because we have the drakes, we knew we were getting fertilized eggs. With that, I wanted to try to hatch some of the eggs and see what we get.
I've hatched duck eggs before. In 2017, I hatched 9 ducklings. It was an incredible opportunity to share with our kids. You can watch one of our first hatching videos here, Hatching Our Ducklings. Since that time, I've learned a lot about raising ducks and chickens. So to have another chance to hatch more eggs is very exciting.
Watch the hatching Episode
I started 13 eggs in our incubator. The first four eggs hatched last week, giving us 4 healthy, adorable ducklings. That leaves us with 9 eggs still in the incubator. As I type this up, 3 eggs have pip'd. In other words, the ducklings have started to chip through the eggshell.
We ordered a new incubator for this round of hatchlings. After shopping around I decided to go with the MATICOOPX 30 Egg Incubator. I liked the features that came with the MATICOOPX; STABLE TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY LEVEL DISPLAY, BUILT-IN EGG CANDLER, EXTERNAL WATER TOP-UP, and an AUTO-STOP EGG TURNER. So far, I really like the incubator, and am very happy with how it has functioned. you can learn more about the MATICOOPX Incubator by clicking here.
The ducklings are doing great. We're still waiting for the remaining 9 eggs to hatch. We're definitely going to look to sell some of the ducklings. Let us know if you would like a couple ducklings.
Watch one of our first duckling vlogs!
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