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Ialways use my bantams to hatch my pea eggs but has anyone used ducks to do it? Particularly muscovies? Curious how your hatches went. I get out of fertile eggs basically 100 percent hatch right now but a bit low on my hen numbers considered my ducks just in case until I can up my banties again.
I have raised or currently raise peafowl, bantam chickens(all sorts), guineas, pigeons, mandarin ducks, runner ducks, golden pheasants, silver pheasants, quail, doves,finches, pigs, horses rabbits,etc etc.  Ask away if you have questions.  I have had animals my whole life and if I cant answer the question I will find the answer for you.
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I have raised or currently raise peafowl, bantam chickens(all sorts), guineas, pigeons, mandarin ducks, runner ducks, golden pheasants, silver pheasants, quail, doves,finches, pigs, horses rabbits,etc etc.  Ask away if you have questions.  I have had animals my whole life and if I cant answer the question I will find the answer for you.
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Ialways use my bantams to hatch my pea eggs but has anyone used ducks to do it? Particularly muscovies? Curious how your hatches went. I get out of fertile eggs basically 100 percent hatch right now but a bit low on my hen numbers considered my ducks just in case until I can up my banties again.

I've never done this, but I rather think the duck would hatch the eggs. After they hatch you would have to watch carefully as the hen might not accept babies so different from her own. Of course, you'd need to keep the duck away from swimming water. I have tried many cross specie hatchings. Almost always the babies were accepted as the hen's own.
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I only tried a Muscovy duck hen one time with 8 eggs from 4 different peahens , not one egg developed but eggs from the same clutches did that i placed under my chicken hens ;) i only caught that duck hen off the nest two times and it wasn't till the second time that i discovered that none of the eggs had so much as developed.. I have had Muscovy ducks end up with a chicken egg in their nest and it did hatch but that was a disaster as she left all the other duck eggs behind and took off with that chicken chick and i had no way to finish hatching those duck eggs  as every broody  hen and incubator on my place was full up :( 

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“You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. Once you’ve walked through the valley, the view from the mountaintop is breathtaking"

 

 

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I also tried Muscovies and none hatched, though some did develop.

-Kathy
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