On April 1st, 2008 the girls and I ventured out into the wild, wild, country world and visited a farm. We came back with several duck eggs, one quail egg, and a few chicken eggs, and an incubator.
Anyhoo, it works really well for heating up some of those there duck eggs.
Ok, back to the reason for this post. So, we followed the directions for the incubation thing. I turned them every morning and every evening because I am a good duck mama. The little eggs were so good. I never heard any complaints out of them.
It has been 18 days since we acquired these eggs and according to the instructions, we can “candle” them. So, I decided to do just that. I lit a candle and stuck it behind one of the eggs. It didn’t work. So…I brought down my son’s lizard light, it didn’t work either. Now I am thinking we have no ducks. 😦
Yes, I am waisting precious homeschool time, trying to figure out if we will have ducks. I’m calling this a science day. Lacy at Razor Family Farms directed me over to Backyard Chickens and from there I found how to candle an egg.
Updated to add: Lacy has a very cute video of her baby ducks in the bathtub. Go check it out here and write a comment.
Back to candling an egg. I followed the lady’s instructions. Sometimes it is just good to follow directions.
First I candled LED a store bought egg.
Then I LED a duck egg.
Not a great picture, but you might be able to see the veins.
Below is another shot. My oldest took the pictures for me. 🙂
We got to see the ducklings moving around inside. It was pretty cool. We should have some little duckies in about a week. I have to search some more, I keep getting incubation dates between 21 and 28 days, so not sure which is correct.
And finally here is my youngest duckling, waiting for the eggs to hatch.
I am hoping to get photos of them hatching. 😀
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