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Still air or forced air incubator for duck eggs?

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Does anyone recommend one type over another for duck eggs? I have both types and just got some eggs to hatch.

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It can also depend alot on the type of incubator- the size and the number of eggs you set- and where in the incubator you set them.  A fan is good to circulate air in a larger model with lots of eggs- but a still air can be just as good for a smaller number of egs placed in the centre- away from where colder pockets can happen.

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post #3 of 6

I have 6 in a still air type, all 6 developing.

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Originally Posted by duckyfromoz 

It can also depend alot on the type of incubator- the size and the number of eggs you set- and where in the incubator you set them.  A fan is good to circulate air in a larger model with lots of eggs- but a still air can be just as good for a smaller number of egs placed in the centre- away from where colder pockets can happen.


x2 if you have a few put towards center for better results,but if you want to fill it you can get even better  results with still air.  also with still air it is best to rotate eggs in to diffeffent row as you turn them. to help with hot and cold spots.

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Now aside from the number of eggs as others have already covered it.
I would use a forced air during incubation, because they tend to keep the temperature more even within the machine.  For hatching I would recommend not to have a fan running.  It tends to try out the membranes once piped and can cause shrink wrapping.  So you are good with having both machines, because now you can use one as a hatcher.

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Now aside from the number of eggs as others have already covered it.
I would use a forced air during incubation, because they tend to keep the temperature more even within the machine.  For hatching I would recommend not to have a fan running.  It tends to try out the membranes once piped and can cause shrink wrapping.  So you are good with having both machines, because now you can use one as a hatcher.


Excellent points from everyone. Thank you! I have a small styrafoam incubator that holds 48 eggs. I have 24 eggs set on the auto egg turner in every other tray.
I will used forced air for incubating, still air for hatching.


Edited by farmdude - 4/8/11 at 11:35am
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