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Hi all! I was looking in to hatching swan eggs and I wondered if anyone had ever done it? Also I had a few questions: Some people talked about misting them? Can I just put water in it like I normally do? Are they hard to hatch? What humidity? I have a cheap incubator, will it work? It holds temp well and I have a digital tester in it for temp and humidity. Thanks!

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I didn't mist mine.  Hatched 9 out of 11 swan eggs.  7 were Black Australian and 2 Mute.  I figure if I open the incubator to mist I'm loosing humidity.  Why not leave it closed, keep the constant humidity which should make up for opening and misting.  It must have been good thinking because I was pretty successful.  Can't remember humidity, will have to look on last years calendar.  Remind me if I forget to post it.  I use a GQF Sportsman's cabinet incubator so not sure about the lesser.  I didn't have much luck hatching peafowl eggs in the Styrofoam type.  Hatches went up tremendously once switched. 

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Thanks for the help, I'll look into a new incubator.

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Originally Posted by waterfowl rocks View Post
 

Hi all! I was looking in to hatching swan eggs and I wondered if anyone had ever done it? Also I had a few questions: Some people talked about misting them? Can I just put water in it like I normally do? Are they hard to hatch? What humidity? I have a cheap incubator, will it work? It holds temp well and I have a digital tester in it for temp and humidity. Thanks!

Hello,

did they make it??

I also want to hatch swan eggs, can you please tell me what you have learned??

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LOL camocoops, your post is priceless. :clap   

I see I forgot to share what humidity I used.  Would have to look a bit to find the calendar.  I had peafowl eggs incubating with the swan eggs.  55 to 60 is about right for them so assuming I probably kept it about 60. I didn't open the incubator a lot so temp and humidity was pretty consistent.  I have the 5 gallon bucket that feeds water to the tray inside the incubator. 

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Hello, 

I am fascinated with this thread and hope you are still following this topic. We were given 2 mute swans several years ago by a dear friend whose health is struggling and he is concerned that they have not mated.  We had an aviary specialist out and he believes they have had eggs we just haven't seen them and for whatever reason they have not hatched.  We have two ponds and so since this is the season for mating we discovered an egg on a nest that we are sure is their egg but they seem to never go near it and have now built another nest bigger and more secluded.  We so want to give our friend who gave them to us good news on the reproduction but I am taken by this thread as I assumed the swans took care of their eggs once they laid them but do they lay more than they can successfully hatch and that is where the incubator comes in?  I found the incubator you used on line and will order today but then how do I know when to incubate them and when to leave them to their care? I would so appreciate your help as you seem to have more experience with this than anyone I have found so far! 

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