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Incubating goose and duck eggs together

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Can it be done if I set the duck eggs two days later so I'm looking at around day 30 for both hatching from goose eggs going in? I'm not worried about brooding them together, that won't be too much of an issue, I am hatching them for someone else. I had a nightmare with goose eggs last year, but am going to give it another go now. So 99.5'F and 45% or so humidity until day 26 then up to 65% for the last, with a dip test on day 26 in hot water. Sound OK?

My daughter, everything to me, but all I have to do for her is be.

Left is Leafy: my DD's favourite chicken. He thunders around the garden offering me treats, and crows like an old owl...!
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My daughter, everything to me, but all I have to do for her is be.

Left is Leafy: my DD's favourite chicken. He thunders around the garden offering me treats, and crows like an old owl...!
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I'd say you can.  However I'd bump your humidity to around 55% for ducks and geese.  A lot of people say 65% but in my experience that is too high.  Aim for 55%, no higher than 60%, up until day 26, and them bump it up to 65%-75% for hatching.  Also, I highly suggest spraying them with clean, warm water (warmer than the eggs or at least as warm--if your incubator is large, try to keep the spray bottle in the incubator) starting at day 7.  I personally don't start at day 4.  Spray once daily, don't spray too much, and don't cool them afterwards.  I've found no advantage in cooling them and some people forget to put the top back on the incubator so there's risk involved.  I think if you set the goose eggs two days before the duck eggs, you'll be fine if you stop turning at day 26... As that would be day 24 for ducks.  See, I stop turning goose eggs very early (as in, I turn for day 25 but stop ON day 26), but I stop turning duck eggs on day 25.  I think for a compromise day 26 would work.

As for the dip test... I've never done that myself.  Is that an attempt to assess viability?  If so, just candle.  Invest in a good flashlight and learn to assess eggs even if their shells are thick, like goose eggs are.  Duck eggs, you'll have no trouble with.  A few days prior to hatching, you will likely see something akin to this in goose eggs:

http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/van-cha/Geese/IMG_1863.jpg

In duck eggs, similar, but you'll be able to see more.

If the dip test is not to assess fertility but just to get the eggs wet, just spray them!  I think it's much more natural.  Stop spraying when you stop turning.


Edited by adrian - 3/19/11 at 4:48pm
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Well I have just cleaned all th eggs (you won't believe how filthy they were) with hot water and sterilising fluid. They are now all sitting fat end up until at least tomorrow night to settle. Now I have candled them all pre-setting to check for cracks etc. One goose egg appears to be part developed (maybe only a few days) I can see a dark bubble like strcuture shadowing the yolk, it is obviously dead, so I won't be setting that one. Some appear darker coloured than others, but I am really unsure on what to do with them now. Reason is: when I canded them I noticed the scratch marks runnign over the eggs surface, like they have been clawed at. Could this be from a goose turning them in her nest? Apparently they have been collected this week, but I don't know if it was every day, or what. Completely flummoxed. Only thing I am sure of is that they are this weeks. Just have to set them and see I suppose. The duck eggs are perfect.

My daughter, everything to me, but all I have to do for her is be.

Left is Leafy: my DD's favourite chicken. He thunders around the garden offering me treats, and crows like an old owl...!
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My daughter, everything to me, but all I have to do for her is be.

Left is Leafy: my DD's favourite chicken. He thunders around the garden offering me treats, and crows like an old owl...!
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