Dry Incubation for Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nu Chix To Cash, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've searched and read all of the threads I could on here but there seem to be very few on dry incubating duck eggs.

    For those of you who have used the dry incubation method for duck eggs can you tell me:

    Would you incubate duck eggs with this method again?
    Do you think you had better or worse hatch rates?
    What humidity level did you use during lockdown?
    Anything else one might need to know about trying this method for duck eggs vs. chicken eggs?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] No one?
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I just did some goose eggs at lower humidity than I have done with other birds -- cut it down to about 40% during incubation and 60 to 65 at lockdown.

    And, I had small, sticky goslings that got shrink wrapped and I had to help 3 out of the 4 out.

    So, while it seems to work great for upland birds like the quail I hatched a few weeks back at around 35% during incubation, 58% at hatch, I would be leery on waterfowl.
     
  4. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you cant dry incubate with duck or goose eggs. it doesnt work the same way
     
  5. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies.

    Ceinwyn - thank you for the link.
     
  7. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw somewhere that for duck eggs humidity must be at 84% the first 25 days and 96% (!) while in lockdown.

    Is this true?
     
  8. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, definitely NOT true -- that type of humidity is way too much, the eggs would not be able to lose enough moisture and they'd die in the shell.

    Pretty much every reference source says about 45 to 50 % RH during incubation, and around 65 to 70% at hatch.
     

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