Duckling Update

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 04-07-2012

Hatching out this batch of ducklings, was an interesting thing.  First off, I didn’t know how many of the 32 eggs would hatch and then make it.    We had 15 of 32 hatch, but we only had 11 survive.  Some of the survive rate was due to me, not thinking about how hot it was during the day and leaving the heat lamp on, even though they had plenty of water and a way to get out of under the heat lamp.  They need temps of 100 for the first week, then you can drop the temp down 5 degrees each week.    Part of it was also, a few that were sort of on the small side and just acted weak and I wasn’t sure that they would have made it, even if I hadn’t had to much heat.  I am still thrilled with the 11 that did hatch as that is still more than I thought would hatch

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