Power cut : ( More WH ducklings 17-18 May 2016

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June 4, 2016 by janem213

The unthinkable happened…….. a power cut, it was supposed to be 2 hours long but ended up being nearly 6 hours. £100s of eggs in different incubators… but (to quote Lou) what can you do?

The night after I candled some of the quail, ornamental pheasants and goose eggs (see later posts) and they all seemed to be all right, but my main concern was the ducklings hatching soon after…

They were the second hatch of my own ducks. I had 3 lots of 5 eggs each lot laid on one day, ie., on 3 different days each of the 5 ducks had laid. (I get 3, 4 or 5 eggs a day.) One lot of 5 were relatively old, one quite recent and one filthy (we’d had a lot of rain and there was mud everywhere). Would there be much difference between the number hatched of each group of 5?

Early on all 5 of one group were developing, 4/5 and 3/5 the other two. Just before lockdown and the power cut one of the 5/5 were removed leaving 11 altogether. Of these however only 3 hatched (as it happens,one from each group of 5, though not much of an experiment given the circumstances) but without going into details 2 of the 3 were poorly in different ways – one improved and was fine by the time it was a week old but the other died a couple of days old… Don’t know whether the poor hatch was due to the power cut (or anything else) but afterwards removed the boys from the girls to give them a rest and not hatch any more soon.

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A few hours old

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4 or 5 days old

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First swim!

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Off to their new home

15 eggs in the incy 17 April

11 eggs good at lockdown down

17-18 May just 3 hatched, 1 dying a few days later…

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