Broody or Incubator, whotch is the better option?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MohicanHase, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. MohicanHase

    MohicanHase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to raise ducks, and I was wandering what is the better option? letting a Muscovy hatch the eggs? or getting an incubator? What has worked better for you all? It will be hatching Cayuga eggs if I get a Muscovy, which kinda would worry me because they are a medium breed ducks, and of course Muscovy are very large. Thanks! (sorry I think I posted this in the wrong place last time)
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    The broody always has a better success rate. An incubator always works when you plug it in. You can't turn a knob and make a broody. You don't need electricity or even worry about humidity, temperature and turning with a broody.

    I wouldn't worry about the size. I've had turkeys hatch chicken eggs and bantam chickens hatch duck eggs.
     
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  3. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Always go with the broody!!! Way less worry, they know what they are doing, I always fly by the seat of my pants... Power outage, family emergency, birth of a Grandchild.. None of that matters to the hen [​IMG]
     
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  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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    A broody takes care of the egg's much better ......


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    And the broody turns into a brooder ....




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    An incubator you need to watch ......



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    I go with the broody [​IMG]
     
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  5. MohicanHase

    MohicanHase Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. MohicanHase

    MohicanHase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also does the broody need to be in a special pen? then with the ducklings in a separate pen to? I am guessing ducks and chickens are the same with this kinda stuff.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    A broody hen isn't laying eggs so doesn't need layer feed. Layer feed will hurt the chicks when they hatch if that's what they have to eat.

    A broody mother will take care of her chicks wherever they are but I find it much simpler if she has her own apartment for her and the chicks. She will benefit from a starter feed and she doesn't really care to be with the flock.
     
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    If you are going to mix your flock you need to start them off that way .....
     

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