A raccoon killed my favorite duck hen the other day, leaving her 20+ day old eggs without a mother. When we discovered it the next morning, the eggs were cold. There was little hope, but there’s a saying in the farm world, “It’s not dead until it’s warm and dead.” More than once, we’ve warmed up a lifeless body (think rabbits in particular) to find a miraculous recovery.
The problem with the eggs is that we have a non working incubator, something to do with a puppy and wires. How could we keep the eggs going without it? I’ve always been told you can’t, which means I needed to set out to prove someone wrong!
What we did have was a heat pad (aff) with a stay on function and a stubborn refusal to accept defeat. As I write this, several ducklings are hatched and drying off with several more pipped and on the way. We incubated them 10 days. Here’s how we incubated eggs without an incubator. Continue reading “Incubating Eggs without an Incubator”