Chicken and Duck Eggs in same incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlee, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. chickenlee

    chickenlee Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if anybody had experience hatching chicken and duck eggs in the same incubator. I was thinking that if I set the chicken eggs (21 days incubation) a week after the ducks (28 days incubation) then they would all hatch out at the same time. I know that ducks have slightly different humidity requirements.....how would you modify to hatch both at the same time? Is it even possible?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I wouldn't think so, but someone may counter this belief. Dunno how you would modify the different humidity requirements; too low and the duck eggs would not do well. Too high for chickens, and the chicks would "drown."
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I have done it in the past and just not upped the humidity too high and the ducks hatched fine.
     
  4. chickenlee

    chickenlee Out Of The Brooder

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    anybody else tried duck and chicken eggs at the same time? what humidity did you use?
     
  5. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    58% and I have a call duck and a chick in the hatcher as I type.
     
  6. ruralmom

    ruralmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just set 11 call duck eggs in with three chicken eggs. I have done this before and I do believe that the most important time for humidity is at lock down. We are in a climate that has very low humidity so anything over 45-50% is great for me. I do try to get 80% or better at the duck lockdown. This is my third call duck attempt and the last one I got 6 out of 12. 4 lived to adulthood. Good luck.
     

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