Ancona duck answers Week #2

Here are the answers to last week’s questions…

What is candling and why is it important to candle eggs?

Candling is the process of shining a light thru the egg to view the development of the embryo.  It is important to candle your eggs so you can keep the viable eggs in your incubator and discover any eggs that are not developing.

Can you make your own candler for the eggs and what materials can you use?

You can make your own candler with a flashlight and a shoebox with a hole cut in the bottom.  Just put the flashlight shining up through the hole and set the egg on the hole.

What is an egg turner and why do we use one?

An egg turner is piece of equipment that inserts into the incubator.  It gently and slowly turns the eggs for you during the day.  This turner keeps the embryo from getting stuck on one side of the egg or the other.  A duck that sits on her eggs will turn them in order to keep this from happening.

What should you do if you don’t have an egg turner?

If you don’t have an egg turner, you can be the egg turner.  You can turn the eggs an odd number of times per day, so that the eggs do not lay on the same side overnight.

What is the name of a group of hatching eggs laid by a duck and how long does it take the duck to lay the eggs for hatching?

A group of hatching eggs is called a clutch.  A duck lays one egg per day and there are about 12-15 eggs in a clutch…so it takes her about 12-15 days to lay all of the eggs.

New Batch of Ancona Duck Eggs

Since our first eggs were lost in the mail and we were unsure of the potential success of our hatch, we ordered more eggs.  Our new batch of eggs is now in their second week of incubation and we are now moving forward with our blog posts.  So, this week’s questions are….

1.  What is candling and why is it important to candle eggs?

2.  Can you make your own candler for the eggs and what materials can you use?

2.  What is an egg turner and why do we use one?

3.  What should you do if you don’t have an egg turner?

Ok…here is the bonus question!!!

What is the name of a group of hatching eggs laid by a duck and how long does it take the duck to lay the eggs for hatching?

Check back next week for the answers!!

 

 

 

Ancona duck update

Well, our ducklings got off to a little rocky start, as the eggs were lost in the mail for about a week.  So, we incubated them just in case there was hope that we might get some viable eggs.  We ended up with 6 viable eggs and moved the eggs to the hatcher yesterday.  It is very exciting!  If you’d like to watch the hatch, visit our live webcam at www.ustream.tv/channel/lacc-ancona-duck-project.

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