do duck eggs need to turn?

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  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    once i get my new ducks and they start laying (which won't be till next year some time) i would like to hatch some eggs in the bator, but just a small one like one that holds 7 eggs, but i would like too know if the duck eggs would need to be turned in the bator or not? becuase the one that I'm looking at is from Meyer Hatchery heres a link.
    YourLinkGoesHere http://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?session.category=Incubators&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID%20%3d%20%27MIEC%27
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    it has no turner is that a problem for duck eggs? any help would be gratefully appreciated
    Please and thank you!
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    All eggs are turned by the mothers while being satnon, so yes if using an incubator you need to also turn them. ducks also take longer than chickens to hatch, and the time varies with some breeds as well.
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:can you turn them your self?
     
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    You can put an X on one side of each egg & an O on the other & hand turn them an odd number of times a day. I've actually had better results hand turning duck eggs than putting them in an auto turner.
     
  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Yep, either way works as long as they are turned. Be sure come check out the duck area here on BYC, great sticky at the top for review.
     
  6. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:well that's good, because I found this really cute incubator, but it really expensive but i don't care about that its probably because its good quality or something. Anyway I only want to hatch like a few eggs in the bator for a project, and I want to have a pet duck that i can hand hatch. and when you say odd number of times a day what do you mean? how many times?
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    At least 3 times a day. You want it to be an odd number (3, 5, 7, etc) so that the eggs don't spend more than one night on one side.
     
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    Never tried one of those, but I've read that they're difficult to regulate the temp in. I have three Hovabators & love them.
     
  10. jm93030

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    Quote:That is not the best incubator for ducks

    go online and find the instructions for this chickabator

    if you think that you understand them go ahead and buy it

    i rather buy a little giant than that one
     

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