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Are Duck Eggs Hard to Hatch??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickens4jojo, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatched some chickens eggs, but I would love to have a few little ducks, too.

    Are ducks difficult to hatch?? Just wondering......
     
  2. bwhite28

    bwhite28 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have hatched them fine, they are just about as easy as hatching any other egg. Just so you know ducks are cute but they are messy little buggers.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Call ducks are very hard to hatch. I read that one guy set over a thousand eggs each spring, and his hatch rate was around less than 50%.

    Larger ducks, like mallards, are very easy to hatch.
     
  4. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over the spring I hatched 2 duck eggs that my friend found in her yard. They did beautifully. Just remember to turn them frequently and keep high moisture in the incubator. They are so cute when they hatch! Unfortunately, when I turned them outside (after they had fully feathered out), one disappeared. But the other hangs around the house and is really pleasant. I think he/she needs a friend, though.
     
  5. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    Quote:i thought call ducks and mallards are the same thing?? [​IMG] idk... [​IMG] im setting 36 duck eggs next weekend.. [​IMG]
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:i thought call ducks and mallards are the same thing?? [​IMG] idk... [​IMG] im setting 36 duck eggs next weekend.. [​IMG]

    nope. Call ducks weight about 1-2 pounds. Mallards are like double that. Call ducks are a bantam duck breed.
     
  7. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much everyone for your help. [​IMG]

    I think I will try it now with just a small amount of the larger duck eggs as I didn't know that about call ducks. [​IMG]


    courtshep: I am sorry about your disappearing duck. I hope you can find the other one a friend~~ [​IMG]
     

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