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Can You Incubate Chicken and Duck Eggs Together??

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Hello, I have some silkie eggs in the bator and I just recieved some duck eggs. I was wondering if they can be incubating together. I don't know if humidity will be a factor. I do have a separate smaller incubator that I can use for the duck eggs, but all this takes up sooo much room!  barnie

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post #2 of 8

I have heard that you can, but the duck eggs should probably have higher humidity. I have duck eggs in my bator right now and I keep them around 65%-70%. But there are people that do incubate them together with no problems. What kind of ducks did you get? I have some pekins and cayugas, and I think there's a rouen egg as well.

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post #3 of 8

I  really wouldn't risk it.
Ducks need more humidity. And a different temperature ( 99'F insead of 101'F ). They also incubate for a lot longer. And if you accidently mix up the eggs then you could end up with one big problem.
I tried once to incubate duck and chickens. Lets just leave it at it really didn't work out.

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Hello, I have 4 white crested eggs. As you see my avatar, I have a beauty thet I am thinking of mating. So hopefully we get a boy. I always get more roos then hens so hopefully that will carry fl  Maybe I will incubate separately, need to find another thermometer fast. What eggs do you have incubating?? (Shellyd)  When are you due?


Edited by Chickie Mamma - 12/15/08 at 3:36pm
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Originally Posted by Chickie Mamma 

Hello, I have 4 white crested eggs. As you see my avatar, I have a beauty thet I am thinking of mating. So hopefully we get a boy. I always get more roos then hens so hopefully that will carry fl  Maybe I will incubate separately, need to find another thermometer fast. What eggs do you have incubating?? (Shellyd)  When are you due?


I have 3 pekins and possibly 4 chinese/pilgrim geese due on Christmas Eve!! I'm not sure if the goose eggs are still going, I think not. But the duckies definitely are!! Plus I just put 7 more pekin eggs, and one more goose egg, in there yesterday. I have 15 eggs that I just got today from BackSwampGirl. Those will go in before I go to bed, and those are the cayugas and possible rouen. So we have 12-24, 1-11 and 1-13!! celebrate

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post #6 of 8

I guess if you never have done it, it is impossible..

I hatch all kinds of eggs together with successful results..

I do not know how you can confuse a duck egg with a chicken egg.

this past summer I hatched chicken,duck,guinea and turkey eggs together..  I even threw a few quail eggs into the batch for kicks.

I sold about 300 birds this summer.
this week we will be butchering about 80 chickens..  all hatched by me in an old sportsman bator.. and a few in a hovabator..

post #7 of 8

Hi!  I have incubated chicken eggs and duck eggs together successfully. 
I didn't do anything differently 'humidity-wise' during incubation or hatching --- moved Day 18 and Day 25 duck eggs from the incubator into the hatcher.
Mostly, I've let my bantam Frizzle hens hatch duck eggs and they do a fine job.
You could use the separate incubator for hatching the ducklings if they need to 'come out' at a different time.
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Lisa

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post #8 of 8
Hi i kno his post is old but dipsy doodle doo what did you do when the chicks were hatching, and did u start them on the same day?
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