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My neighbor's hen just started setting some of my duck eggs yesterday. Do I need to mist the eggs to simulate a duck who's left the nest for a bath? If so, how do I accomplish it? I guess I'm supposed to disturb the broody as little as possible, but I don't really want to creep onto my neighbor's property at night to lift her off the eggs...
Edited by HeatherD42 - 3/24/16 at 7:51am
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Hmmmm, I wonder if @Miss Lydia  might have some ideas?

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Edited by HeatherD42 - 3/24/16 at 7:51am
post #4 of 9
I may be wrong as I've never incubated any eggs but aren't the humidity requirements the same for chicken and duck eggs? If a chicken egg needs the same humidity shouldn't the broody hen be able to provide it without assistance?
post #5 of 9
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With ducks, they get up each day to eat, drink, and bathe, then they get back on the nest with moist feathers
post #6 of 9
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Hmmmm, I wonder if @Miss Lydia  might have some ideas?

I have never let one of my hens[chickens] sit any duck eggs but watching my ducks that are broody they do wet themselves at least 1X a day for humidity not sure if a chicken can keep the humidity up as high but I have seen others on here that have had hens brood and hatch ducklings before. So I am thinking it can be done. Not sure if they misted the eggs for the hen or not though.

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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post #7 of 9

One of my silkies just hatched some call duck eggs for me.  I put 5 under her, 4 developed, and she hatched all 4.  Way better percentage than my incubator.  I didn't touch them after I put them under her.  So I would say no you do not need to mist them.

post #8 of 9
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The fertility rate of my eggs was really low (good for nothing drake!!) so I'm worried I won't get any ducklings if I don't do everything I can to improve the hatching rate. But I don't want to bother the hen so much that she decides to stop setting the eggs
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I'm glad to hear it went so well for you, DoubletakeFarm!
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