What’s in an egg?
Many things can be in an egg but in this particular egg was the beginning of a new life, a new fact finding adventure and an emotional roller coaster. Who knew all that could be enclosed in such a fragile shell?
We have 4 Khaki Cambell ducks in total, 2 male and 2 female. At 6 month old, on a cold day in January, our well climatized females began laying their first eggs. Since then, we have received 2 eggs each morning. As long as we collect early enough, the eggs don’t freeze. Where we live, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to dip down below 20C. Although we have a heat lamp inside the coop, you can often find our flock roaming the snowy ground outside.
At first, we collected the eggs and ate them. Fact- you can eat fertilized eggs as long as they are refrigerated soon after collecton. We then discovered we had some family egg allergies, what now? Let’s make more……..Incubation time
Keep those babies warm
For under $100 we were able to find just the right incubator to create the coziest home for new little ducklings to be. Nine, fertilized, clean eggs were placed inside. The temperature was set to 100 degrees, the chambers were filled with water for humidity and the automatic egg turner was functional. Now all we had to do was wait 28-39 days for the first crack.
From Pip to Zip to Peep
Pip- the first crack in the egg, lets the duckling breath air outside the shell
Duckling makes the pip hole a bit bigger. Often you can see the beak and feathers poke out of the hole.
Zip- enough strength is gained and with a push, a crack forms around the shell
The duckling pushes out to freedom- Peep
Within an hour of emerging, the ducklings begin to walk around and dry off.
They remain in the incubator for about 12 hours and then are moved into an area with a heat lamp. Instantly, they are fully functional ducks, doing all the typical duck things- running around, peeping, eating, drinking, trying to swim in their water dish and finally walking into your heart.