Chicken hens hatching waterfowl?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wolf-Kim, May 18, 2009.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that when artificially incubating, waterfowl eggs need higher humidity.

    I raise broody breeds of chickens, so I was wondering if chickens(peafowl/turkey) can hatch waterfowl eggs?

    And the flipside, can waterfowl hatch landfowl(chickens/peafowl/turkey/guinea) eggs?

    [​IMG] It's questions like these that keep me up at night! [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  2. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    I hatch turkey, duck, geese, quail, pheasant and guinea under my hens, all have hatched fine, no problems.............
     
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! I just wanted to be sure! I hate to waste viable eggs and I wanted to know if I could use landfowl for waterfowl incubating and waterfowl for landfowl incubating. The interspecies relationship I know wasn't an issue, I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a humidity issue. [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Chickens can hatch duck eggs just fine, it's when the babies try swimming in the water that causes problems [​IMG]

    I plan on letting my OEG hen set some scovy eggs next time she goes broody. This last time, she set for 7 weeks before I finally let her quit.
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be hilarious to watch how the hen reacts the first time her brood escapes her reach for a dip in the water! [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:The poor hens, they act like they'll have a stroke! [​IMG]
     
  8. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a mallard hatch a turkey poult...and chickens that hatched ducklings...
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The poor hens, they act like they'll have a stroke! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Poor things probably think their babies are drowning!

    -Kim
     
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    It is even funnier when the ducklings scratch in the dirt like the chicks. [​IMG]
     

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