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Incubating duck and chicken eggs together??

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Can I incubate duck and chicken eggs together?  It seems like I remember that duck eggs need more humidity but I cant remember for sure....any help?

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I incubate both together but I start the ducks a week early because they take longer to hatch....

Omy.....where did all these chickens come from!!!???
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Originally Posted by HenPen 

I incubate both together but I start the ducks a week early because they take longer to hatch....


So the ducks take 28 days?  Lockdown and all is the same as the chickens?  3 days before expected hatch.....18 days chickens and the 25th day for the ducks...correct?

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right I also mist the duck eggs everyday I have great hatches so it seems to work.

In my house, if it comes out of more then one can it's considered homemade!
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In my house, if it comes out of more then one can it's considered homemade!
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Ducks need more humidity and higher temps.  They also need to be hand turned and need to be misted.  If you look on the duck message board, you can learn more.  I wouldn't recommend incubating together.

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Originally Posted by miniwhipkey 

Ducks need more humidity and higher temps.  They also need to be hand turned and need to be misted.  If you look on the duck message board, you can learn more.  I wouldn't recommend incubating together.


Ok..thank you.  I do have 2 incubators so I could do that.  Thanks for the help.

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I've hatched ducks chickens geese and quail in the same incubator without misting it can be done, but there are probably better ways. I also leave all the incubators at 99.5 degrees because I don't like messing with them and it seems everything can hatch at that temp.

We have lots of standard size chickens of all breeds, we also have modern game bantams and silkies, we raise all types of waterfowl, gamebirds, rabbits, pigs, cattle, and pigeons. We also have 7 dogs 3 horses and a Draft Mule.
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We have lots of standard size chickens of all breeds, we also have modern game bantams and silkies, we raise all types of waterfowl, gamebirds, rabbits, pigs, cattle, and pigeons. We also have 7 dogs 3 horses and a Draft Mule.
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I have a couple duck eggs in with my chickens and they are developing nicely.  idunno

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Craptastic.
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Originally Posted by Doc Henry 

I've hatched ducks chickens geese and quail in the same incubator without misting it can be done, but there are probably better ways. I also leave all the incubators at 99.5 degrees because I don't like messing with them and it seems everything can hatch at that temp.


What humidity?  I'm guessing 50% would be ok for both with 70% at lockdown?


Edited by Jenifer72 - 5/4/10 at 2:25pm
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Originally Posted by HenPen 

I incubate both together but I start the ducks a week early because they take longer to hatch....


So the ducks take 28 days?  Lockdown and all is the same as the chickens?  3 days before expected hatch.....18 days chickens and the 25th day for the ducks...correct?


Yes,I set my duck eggs in my turner same as my chicken eggs,I just set them a week earlier and I do everything the same as I do with a chicken hatch...no misting and my worst duck hatch was 8 out of 10 which I thought was very good.Right now I have 5 duck eggs in with my chicken eggs and all are developing.....Muscovy eggs are a different story.


Edited by HenPen - 5/5/10 at 6:14am
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