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Can You Incubate Chicken and Duck Eggs Together??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickie Mamma, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I have some silkie eggs in the bator and I just recieved some duck eggs. I was wondering if they can be incubating together. I don't know if humidity will be a factor. I do have a separate smaller incubator that I can use for the duck eggs, but all this takes up sooo much room! [​IMG]
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have heard that you can, but the duck eggs should probably have higher humidity. I have duck eggs in my bator right now and I keep them around 65%-70%. But there are people that do incubate them together with no problems. What kind of ducks did you get? I have some pekins and cayugas, and I think there's a rouen egg as well.
     
  3. cayuga mommy

    cayuga mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I really wouldn't risk it.
    Ducks need more humidity. And a different temperature ( 99'F insead of 101'F ). They also incubate for a lot longer. And if you accidently mix up the eggs then you could end up with one big problem.
    I tried once to incubate duck and chickens. Lets just leave it at it really didn't work out.
     
  4. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I have 4 white crested eggs. As you see my avatar, I have a beauty thet I am thinking of mating. So hopefully we get a boy. I always get more roos then hens so hopefully that will carry [​IMG] Maybe I will incubate separately, need to find another thermometer fast. What eggs do you have incubating?? (Shellyd) When are you due?
     
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  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I have 3 pekins and possibly 4 chinese/pilgrim geese due on Christmas Eve!! I'm not sure if the goose eggs are still going, I think not. But the duckies definitely are!! Plus I just put 7 more pekin eggs, and one more goose egg, in there yesterday. I have 15 eggs that I just got today from BackSwampGirl. Those will go in before I go to bed, and those are the cayugas and possible rouen. So we have 12-24, 1-11 and 1-13!! [​IMG]
     
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I guess if you never have done it, it is impossible..

    I hatch all kinds of eggs together with successful results..

    I do not know how you can confuse a duck egg with a chicken egg.

    this past summer I hatched chicken,duck,guinea and turkey eggs together.. I even threw a few quail eggs into the batch for kicks.

    I sold about 300 birds this summer.
    this week we will be butchering about 80 chickens.. all hatched by me in an old sportsman bator.. and a few in a hovabator..
     
  7. Hi! I have incubated chicken eggs and duck eggs together successfully.
    I didn't do anything differently 'humidity-wise' during incubation or hatching --- moved Day 18 and Day 25 duck eggs from the incubator into the hatcher.
    Mostly, I've let my bantam Frizzle hens hatch duck eggs and they do a fine job.
    You could use the separate incubator for hatching the ducklings if they need to 'come out' at a different time.
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    Lisa
     
  8. randerson846

    randerson846 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi i kno his post is old but dipsy doodle doo what did you do when the chicks were hatching, and did u start them on the same day?
     
  9. mwash

    mwash Out Of The Brooder

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    My plan is to use another bator to actually do the hatching. One day 18, I'll take the chicken eggs out and move them to my backup bator and leave the duck eggs. If I only had one bator, I'd probably just leave them all together, but maybe put a barrier between the eggs, go about my business as though the duck eggs were not there, then take all the chicks out when they're hatched since ducks need higher humidity anyway, that shouldn't matter. Then I'd just let the incubating continue since lockdown doesnt happen til day 25 for ducks and all the chicks should be hatched by then. :)
    That's just what I'd do. :)
     
  10. randerson846

    randerson846 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks well it work out any way i put the ducks in a week earlier and they hatched i got 2 ducklings out of three and 11 chicks
     
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