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METHOD 2

the Lazy Method

Please understand this is NOT a guarantee!! It has worked for me as well as for others.

Method 2: For hatching, this Method, I call the LAZY Method.  Why? Because there is less work involved compare to Method 1.  In this Method: I experimented, Method 1 had me questioning myself such as did I turned the eggs at the scheduled times or not.

For this Method (the lazy method) there’s no guessing.  Same rule of thumb in Method 1 applies for this Method if your eggs are shipped.  SEE CARE FOR SHIPPED EGGS - METHOD ONE. After referring to Care for shipped eggs, you can proceed with this method.

As soon as you see development, which usually takes 3 to 4 days for chickens and 5 to 7 for ducks, I have been able to tell in 3 days, take the eggs and lay them down onto the Turner.  No, do not set them on the turner with the little end in the holes and big end up.  LAY them DOWN just as if they were being laid down at the bottom of the incubator, I used scotch tape to keep them from rolling off.   There is a turner that you can purchase made specifically for Duck/Goose eggs.  They are a little pricey and you are limited to a small amount of eggs that you can place in at one time.  But here’s picture of how I got around that:


From day 1 to 3 days before hatching day, I did not keep track of the humidity, I never put water in my bator at ALL.. But Misted or Sponged them at LEAST once a day.  Temp was about 99 to 100 with air, 101 to 102 with still air.  Fours days before hatching day, they came off the turner and laid down on the bottom of the incubator with the large/big end slightly turned up giving them one Last misting/sponging.  Three days before hatching day, humidity was increased to 60 - 65.


When you tape your eggs to the turner, please make sure that you place a piece of tape from the turner to the back of the egg and another piece from the front of the turner to your egg.  No need to put a piece of tape all around the entire egg, you don’t want to block all the pores on the egg.  The Tape just barely needs to touch the shell, just enough to keep it from rolling off as your turner is shifting them back and forth.  I tape all my eggs ducks as well as my chicken eggs.…

The object of laying my eggs down is to duplicate what a hen does and apparently, I have never seen any of my hens have their eggs in an upright position… Once you have followed this Method, we get to play the waiting game, sit on your hands and WAIT..  Here’s my result: this is sassy, a chocolate bibbed call duck, there is only one thing I did different with Sassy in this method and that was I did not sponge or mist her at all.  I have discovered sponging/misting at least once a day really helps.  I believe certain time of the year it is necessary.  Sassy was hatching out during the winter months. Top