But WHY are they hard to hatch? Pic added!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by taraann81, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Hi everyone. I put 20 muscovy eggs in my incubator. They are on day 10 and all but 2 are developing ( as far as I can tell as a first timer, I see lots of veining the other 2 were clear) Well I have been searching on here for information about incubating Muscovy eggs and it seems to be a common thing that they are difficult to do. SO I am looking for other peoples experiences. I would like to know what went wrong for others who have tried(or what went right). I figure I could try to learn from other peoples experiences. I f you are somebody who has had a hard time hatching them I would like to know when things went wrong? Early on? During the hatch?
    Also if you had success hatching them, let me know because I feel a little discouraged about all the poor results people seem to have.
    I just feel like the more info I have the better chance I have at success!

    Thanks for all your help
    ETA-changed title as the question of WHY just doesn't seem to get any answers!
    Last edited: May 28, 2009

    I LOVE COCHINS ChochieChochieCoo

    Feb 10, 2008
    I have never hatch duck eggs. So I'm not going to be much help to you. But what your trying to do is great! Hopefully someone will respond so you can start gathering data for your hatch. Good Luck!
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    It takes 35 days for them to hatch. They are almost impossible to hatch in an incubator. I always hatched them under ducks or chickens.
  4. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Mine came from a commercial hatchery, so they can't be impossible. What makes them so difficult to hatch? When do the problems start, right from the beginning? I have 18 left of 20 on day 14 and they seem to be doing great. Lots of veins and I can see the little embryos swimming around, Maybe its luck, if so I hope it continues. Thanks for your replies
  5. melissa508

    melissa508 Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Just the opposite for me, maybe it was living down south with high humidity..I dont know. I had a hard time hatching much other than muscovy eggs in my incubator. With the muscovy i always had a high or 100% hatch rate. I kept my temps around 100.5 for the 1st 2 weeks, then dropped it down to 100 for the rest. When i opened to turn (4x) a day, i used a fine misting bottle & gave them a misting .
    As for anything else..even with slightly different temps & skipping the misting, i might be lucky to hatch 1/4 of a full incubator..go figure
  6. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ahh Melissa508, you are a ray of hope. Thanks
  7. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have 17 in the incubator right now. I tried 13 earlier this year and all 13 failed (nearly all were fertile, they just died at different stages..) It was very frustrating. I have a muscovy right now that's almost ready to begin setting. I have some chicken eggs for her, but now I'm thinking I'll put those in the incubator (?) and take out half of the duck eggs in the incubator and put them under her and see what happens...
    (The muscovy eggs I'm incubating are from a neighbor, I don't have a drake, otherwise I would have of course just let her sit on her own eggs)
  8. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:Wise decision.

    Muscovie mama is the best incubator there is for Muscovies.

    Why fight uphill battle?

    I was able to hatch once Muscovie mules (Pekin Drake and Muscovie hen) in my bator.

    They are quackless ducks, grow fast and make the best meat duck on the planet according to many.
  9. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Quote:Well the almost impossible is possible. Out of the 18 fertile Muscovy eggs I started with. 2 were early quitters and the 16 I had left all hatched and are doing great!
  10. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    near Lake Charles, LA
    Wow, congratulations! Pix?

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