Well, the Rouen duck hatch was a failure. One duckling out of 20 eggs isn’t good hatch rate.
But because the remaining duckling needs companionship to learn how to be a duck, a trip to the feed store was due.
Two Rouen/mallard crosses, which are sold as “mallards” this time of year, and two pudgy, lazy pekins were added to the brooder. The Rouen that hatched is the duck in front of the pekin that is lying down.
I used to incubate chicken eggs when I was a kid, and not a single egg hatched.
For just a few ducks, I don’t think incubating is worth it. Plus, it is crushing when you have one that was able to pip through a shell and then die, which is what happened this morning.
All the eggs in the Janoel incubator are dead. The embryos formed so perfectly for 3 weeks, and then they just died.
These five will be a good start to a flock, which will likely be augmented with Khaki Campbell mutts as the summer progresses.
So the Rouen hatch was a failure.