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The Lane Family's Duck (+ Chicken) Eggs

Hello Class 3,

 

As we are learning from home at the moment, we thought we'd share the progress of our latest batch of duck eggs.

There is no guarantee that they will hatch, but we hope that they will and that you will enjoy watching them grow and develop with us.

 

From, The Lane Family

First, we ordered some new Indian Runner Duck eggs from Ebay. 

 

19.3.20 - They arrived!

 

We had to leave them to settle for 24 hours after their exciting journey through the post! At the same time, we disinfected the incubator and switched it on. This allowed the temperature and humidity levels to stabilise before the eggs went in. 

Unwrapping the eggs

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21.3.20 - After 24 hours, we drew symbols onto the egg shells. We have decided to turn the eggs by hand instead of using the automatic turning function in the incubator as this seems to work better with duck eggs. The symbols help us to see if we've turned them or not.

 

Then we carefully placed the eggs into the incubator.

Putting the eggs into the incubator

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26.3.20 Three times a day, we turn the eggs and mist them with water.

Turning the eggs

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29.3.20 - Now that the eggs have been in the incubator for more than seven days, we can have our first look at what's happening inside the eggs. To do this, we hold a torch close to the shell. It's called candling. Unfortunately, two of the eggs look empty but the other four may have something in them.

 

Look closely at the photograph, can you see a shadow inside this egg? 

Candling the eggs

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8.4.20 - Look at the eggs this time? Can you see anything inside the eggs now?
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Day 25!

At day 25, we need to stop turning the eggs and increase the humidity in the incubator.

15.4.20 - Can you hear any ducks?

15.4.20 - What is happening here?

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16.4.20 - Meet the first duck!

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A little early, but he certainly seems strong enough. We'll get clearer pictures and videos once we can take him out of the incubator.

Moving into the brooding box

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16.4.20 - The first duck was getting too big for the incubator so we have moved him into the brooding box. This box has a heat lamp to keep him warm, some water to drink and some chick crumb to eat.

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Growing!

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As we were disappointed only to have one egg hatch, we've ordered some more duck eggs. These didn't come through the post so we are hoping for a much higher hatch rate this time.
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We've also bought some new chicken eggs. One of our favourite breed of chicken is Araucana so that's the breed of chicken that we've bought even though they are notoriously difficult to hatch. Fingers crossed that they are ok.

The first duck is big enough to spend day times outside and just come into the brooding box overnight.

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Look closely, he's starting to get his new feathers.

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20.5.20  Exciting news! One of the new chicken eggs is starting to hatch! Can you see where the egg is starting to crack? 
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This chicken was very keen to join us. I've never known a chicken hatch so quickly!

 

(You might need to click on the videos twice. Some of the videos are going black the first time you click on them. Don't worry, just try them again!)

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